1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
1 jalapeno
2 medium size heirloom tomatoes
1/2 of yellow pepper
1/2 cup of red onions
6 plantains
1/2 of fresh cilantro (chopped)
½ tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of garlic
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon
1/2 tsp of cumin
2 cups of oil


  1. Take out your best cutting board and cut your tomatoes, jalapeno, onions and yellow pepper (medium dice)
  2. Place your cut vegetable in a bowl along with the black beans and corn
  3. Season your vegetables with salt, pepper, garlic, cilantro, lemon and cumin
  4. Set your filling aside for later use
  5. Peel the plantains and cut in half
    Note: if you don’t know how to pick sweet plantains, ask someone. Non sweet plantains are not tasty trust me
  6. Take a teaspoon and carve an oval pocket across the plantains to fill with our mix
    Note: Basically you’re making it into the shape of a Senegalese boat (you can take the Senegalese out of Senegal but…). Anyways, see below.


  1. In a large skillet, preheat 2 cups of oil ((vegetable oil/olive oil/grapeseed oil- whatever your heart desires but I wouldn’t suggest peanut oil)

Note: You can put it a plantain to test if you oil is hot enough. If there no bubbling, then the oil isn’t hot enough. But be careful because hot oil burns are not pleasant.

  1. Fry the plantains for 4 mins on each side or until golden brown

Note: plantains get really soft when fried so handle with care when you’re turning it so yo boat don’t fall apart

  1. Serve and enjoy by yourself, with friends, lovers, family, pets (not really) etc.
  2. For my non-vegetarians, you are welcome to add cooked chicken breast or shrimp (medium dice) to the mix

Caution: Plantains are very filling so you may be stuck in the couch or the floor for a while after you finish eating! 

Yum! Yum! Yum!