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turkey mofonguitos

Turkey mofonguitos with vegan option

Bite-sized fried plantain cups filled with turkey, slaw, pico de gallo, and garlic sauce! Perfect for appetizers, a cheeky snack, or have a few as a meal. Swap out the turkey for some plant-based "chikin" and the mofonguitos are vegan!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine caribbean, Latin
Servings 4 People


  • Medium skillet
  • Pot for frying
  • bowl shaped tostonera or any small bowl mold


Plantain cups

  • 3-4 Green plantains (In between green and slightly ripe is best)
  • PINCH Granulated garlic
  • 2 CUPS Frying oil

Turkey (Check notes for vegan CHICKIN hack)

  • 500 GRAMS Ground turkey (Lean & low-fat)
  • Spanish onion (Roughly chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (Peeled & chopped)
  • 1 Tomato (Roughly chopped)
  • 1 TSP Granulated garlic
  • ½ TSP Ground cumin
  • ½ TSP Oregano
  • 1 TSP Adobo
  • 1 TBSP Tomato paste


  • ½ Head of cabbage (Approx 415 grams & shredded)
  • 1 LARGE Carrot (Shredded)
  • CUP Vegan Mayonaise
  • ½ Lime
  • ½ TSP Caster white sugar (granulated white sugar works well)

Pico de gallo

  • 4 MEDIUM Tomatoes (Roughly chopped & mostly seeded) Check notes
  • MEDIUM Spanish onion (Finely chopped)
  • 3 Garlic cloves (Finely chopped)
  • CUP Cilantro (Roughly chopped)
  • ½ Lime
  • 1 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil

Garlic sauce... Look at my "vegan garlic sauce" recipe also found in notes section


    • Start by making the slaw and pico de gallo first.


    • Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Don't squeeze the ½ lime through fully, a strong squeeze will do. Taste, add a pinch of salt to your liking if needed. Place in the refrigerator.

    Pico de gallo

    • Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Don't squeeze the ½ lime through fully, a strong squeeze will do. Taste, add a pinch of salt to your liking if needed. Place in the refrigerator.


    • In your skillet on medium heat, sauté onion and garlic until translucent. About 3 minutes.
    • Add all of the spices into the skillet to warm up. About 1 minute. Mix.
    • Add the tomato and tomato paste. Mix.
    • Add the turkey and mix well. Add salt and pepper to your liking. As the turkey cooks, it will try to clump together, make sure to break up those clumps with your cooking utensil. Cook for about 15 minutes until cooked through. If the turkey becomes too dry, add a tablespoon of water.
    • Taste, season with salt and pepper if needed. Toss in the cilantro, cook for about 1 more minute, mix, and set aside.

    Plantain cups

    • Heat frying oil in a pot to medium-low heat.
    • Meanwhile, peel the plantain and cut into pieces approximately 2 ½ inches wide. Or the width of your mold.
    • Fry the plantains until you can pass a butter knife through. Be careful not to break in half. Approx 8 minutes. Make sure the oil is covering the plantains fully.
    • Once tender remove from heat and drain on paper towel.
    • Quickly place into the bowl tostonera (or mold) and press through. Repeat until all pieces are molded. Check the notes section for some tips.
    • Heat the oil to medium-high heat.
    • Add the plantain cups to the oil and cook until crispy. Turing over to make sure all sides cook evenly. Approx 4 minutes. Make sure the oil is covering the plantain cups fully.
    • Once crispy, drain on a paper towel. Quickly season each plantain cup with granulated garlic and salt. Be sure to do so while the oil is still on the plantain cup. Set aside and get ready to layer the mofonguitos.

    Layering mofonguitos

    • Layer the toppings into the plantain cups to your liking. My preference is: turkey, slaw, pico de gallo, and topped with garlic sauce (check the notes section for my garlic sauce recipe) ...AND DONE


    • Start with the slaw and pico de gallo to give them time to marinate. If possible refrigerate for about 2 hours or more. 
    • Before adding the slaw to the mofonguitos, give it a squeeze to remove any excess liquid.
    • When it comes to dressing the slaw and pico de gallo, don't squeeze the ½ lime through fully, a strong squeeze will do.
    • When seeding the tomatoes for the pico de gallo, leave some seeds but remove most. Too many seeds will cause the pico de gallo to be too wet, but we want to leave a tiny bit for flavor purposes. 
    • Start warming up the oil for the plantain cups while working on the turkey meat. This way the oil is ready to use once the turkey is cooked. 
    • Make sure there is enough oil in the pot to fully submerge the plantains. This ensures even cooking. 
    • If the plantains stick to the tostonera, grease the tostonera or use some saran wrap.
    • Mold the plantain pieces into cups as soon as you're able to touch them. If they cool down completely before you mold them, they will become hard and break into pieces. 
    • You can find my vegan garlic sauce recipe HERE!
    Keyword adobo, caribbean, Dominican, plant-based, plantain, vegan