Aloco is typical street-vendor food. Women heat up large vats of palm oil and fry sliced, ripe plantains for about 5 minutes. The resulting snack is a sweet/savory/chewy treat that one can eat by the freakin' handfull.



  1. Heat a cup or two of palm oil in a skillet.
  2. Sprinkle the raw plantains with salt.
  3. Fry the plantains until they are golden brown.
  4. Remove the plantains from the oil and drain on absorbent paper (paper towel).
  5. It may be best to fry the plantains in a few batches.
  6. In the same skillet and oil in which the plantains were fried, fry the onion, tomato, and chile pepper for a few minutes, stirring often.
  7. Add a few spoonfuls of water, reduce heat, and simmer for a several minutes until a thick, chunky sauce is obtained.
  8. Some cooks add a splash of vinegar.
  9. Place the plantains on a plate, cover them with a grilled fish (see below), and pour the onion-tomato mixture over them.
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