The Jibarito Sandwich is a unique and flavorful dish originating from Puerto Rico, popular in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. This sandwich uses fried green plantains as the “bread,” a creative and delicious alternative to traditional wheat bread. Filled with juicy, seasoned steak and fresh toppings like lettuce, tomato, and onion, and enhanced with creamy garlic mayo, the Jibarito is a delightful fusion of textures and flavors.


For the Sandwich:

  • 2 large green plantains
  • 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (for garlic mayo)

For the Garlic Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt to taste


  1. Marinate the steak with minced garlic, adobo seasoning, salt, and pepper. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator for more flavor.
  2. Prepare the garlic mayo by mixing mayonnaise, minced garlic, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  3. Peel the plantains and cut each into two equal parts. Slice each part lengthwise into two thin slices.
  4. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the plantain slices until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
  5. In the same skillet, cook the marinated steak to your desired doneness. Let it rest for a few minutes, then slice thinly.
  6. To assemble the Jibarito, place one plantain slice on a plate. Spread a layer of garlic mayo, then add lettuce, tomato slices, onion slices, and the sliced steak.
  7. Top with another plantain slice. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make more sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 600
  • Fat: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 30g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes (including marinating time)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • Serves: 2-4 people

The Jibarito Sandwich is a wonderful way to enjoy a traditional Puerto Rican dish with a twist. Its combination of savory steak, crispy plantains, and fresh vegetables, all brought together with creamy garlic mayo, makes for an unforgettable meal. Perfect for those looking to try something different and exciting!

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