Mexico is known for it’s street food, and for good reason. It’s delicious! Though it may not be the healthiest, fried bananas are a popular late night snack in Oaxaca, Mexico.
One thing that many people might not know is that each street vendor has their own sound to let people know they are here and ready for selling. When you hear a distorted microphone you know tamales are nearby. A clown’s horn signals ice cream or elotes are on their way. And you know that fried bananas are coming towards you when you hear a loud screeching whistle similar to that of the Flintstones.
Each street food as it’s own time throughout the day that you can find it as well. Tamale vendors head out early morning to catch the people heading to work. Ice cream vendors are seen early afternoon. Elote vendors come out late afternoon. And fried banana vendors are usually seen later in the evening for an after dinner dessert.
Fried bananas can either be eaten savory with beans and cheese or sweet with Lechera and jam. Fried bananas that are served in a restaurant or in someone’s home are usually served savory, but bananas sold on the street are almost always served sweet.
Personally, I’m a fan of both versions but for today’s recipe I’ll be focusing on fried bananas as a dessert. While they are quick to make, it’s important to keep a constant eye on them while frying to make sure they do not burn (I learned the hard way…).
To fry up these little babies just add a few tablespoons of oil to a pan, add in some sliced bananas and in a few minutes they’ll be crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. Traditionally, they are topped with Lechera, a sweetened condensed milk, and jam. Feel free to also mix it up and experiment with toppings. Add chocolate for a banana split twist or whip cream for a cream pie flavor.
Mexican Fried Bananas
- 2 bananas sliced
- 2-3 tbs oil
- toppings (I used Lechera and strawberry jam)
- Add oil to pan and wait until it is hot.
- Add bananas to pan, flipping after about 3 minutes.
- Remove bananas from pan and add toppings before serving. Enjoy!