What better way to usher in the warmer weather than with a classic Latin American staple? Patacones or tostones (common name) are not your conventional store bought plantain chips; they are the freshest and most delectable coastal snack of any globetrotter’s dream. Plus, they’re made in the air fryer so they couldn’t be simpler. With the bright aroma of fresh lime and a kick from Spanish ancho chile pepper, your taste buds will be dancing salsa in no time. So what are you waiting for? Vamos!
Peel plantain and cut into ¼-inch pieces (should yield about 10 pieces).
In a mixing bowl, toss plantain with 1 tablespoon oil. Reserve mixing bowl and remaining oil.
Arrange plantains in air fryer basket and set mixing bowl aside. Air fry at 375°F for 6 minutes.
Remove plantain chips from air fryer and place on a cutting board. With a flat bottomed cup or mug, press down on each plantain piece to form a disk shape.
Return plantains to mixing bowl and coat with remaining oil. Sprinkle with ancho chile pepper and mix until all pieces are covered. Return to the air fryer for another 5-6 minutes at 375°F or until golden.
Serve immediately with a squeeze of lime juice, sprinkle of cilantro and salt to taste.