Bolon de Verde Recipe (+ Video)

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Bolon de verde may be the most filling breakfast you’ll ever eat.

I have gained a little bit of weight in Ecuador, but I have done it without any regrets as I have discovered some fantastic food here.

Perhaps I went a bit too far with the 48 hour eating binge of fast food in Cuenca, but hey you only live once.

Cuy in Ecuador

Bolon de verde was one of the dishes I featured in the Original Fast Food in Cuenca video, there it is usually eating late afternoon with a cup of coffee.

You can choose the cheese only version, or my favourite – a bolon de verde with cheese AND pork.

Who could say no to pork?

But here in Canoa bolon de verde is mostly eaten as a traditional Ecuadorian breakfast.

I have had it a few times and believe me the baseball size of fried cheesy plantain will keep you full for most of the day.

And as Canoa is such a small town of 3000, I have made friends quite quickly who are kind enough to show me how to make traditional Ecuadorian food.

Today we made bolon de verde and I learned that it doesn’t always have to be deep fried or pan fried, many people skip the final phase to eat it at home. 

But fried queso fresco tastes amazing so I asked them to show me the original deep fried version.

Bolon de verde

Bolon de Verde

Yield: 10-12 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Bolon de verde is a hearty snack that will keep you full for hours.


  • 5 green plantains
  • 3/4 cup queso fresco
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  1. Peel and chop the plantains, boil for ten minutes or until soft and mash.
  2. Crumble in fresh cheese and mold into balls the size of a baseball.
  3. They are ready to eat or you can either pan-fry in oil or deep fry until golden.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 772mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Martine @ Chompchomp says:

    Cheese and pork. Oh yeah!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Seriously, who could say no?

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    Love the video! And that meal looks beyond delicious and something even I could possibly make in the kitchen haha.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You could definitely make this in a kitchen, so much easier than I suspected.

  3. I might start using your blog to teach me how to cook! 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      haha it’s so much easier than you think!

  4. TammyOnTheMove says:

    Cheese and pork? What a great combination. This looks so yummy!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know you can’t go wrong with cheese and pork!

  5. Love that you included a recipe (and one easy enough that I could do it!) What a fun fusion of a cooking and travel post 🙂

  6. I love this delicious post and video, but what I really love is that you are constantly pushing yourself. The video, the script — gorgeous!

  7. Emily in Chile says:

    I don’t like bananas at all, but I do like plantains, so this looks pretty good.

  8. wow, bananas and cheese in a really big fried ball, what a novelty….love it!

  9. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) says:

    I love plantain but queso fresco is so hard to find in Canada 🙁

  10. YUM. Put it in my belly.

  11. Do you put both the yellow and green plantains together? or only one kind?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      In this case it’s only the green plantains.

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