Plantain Jerk Tacos With Avocado Crema

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Recipe by: Dr. Vincent Esposito Ms, DC

Have you ever looked at plantain in the supermarket and wondered what on earth to do with it?

Well, wonder no more!

In this recipe, we have cooked it with a delicious jerk seasoning that totally transforms it into a ‘meaty’ and robust dish.

This is one of the tantilising meals we have been eating on our Weekly Meal Plans for BUSY People.


Plantain Jerk Tacos With Avocado Crema

Plantain Jerk Tacos With Avocado Crema

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 2


  • 2-3 Plantains sliced
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • For the Sauce
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3-4 Scallions chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized piece Ginger minced
  • 1 Habanero Pepper minced (optional)
  • 1-2 t Dried Thyme
  • 2-3 t Allspice
  • 1 t Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 t Ground Ginger
  • 1 t Garlic Powder
  • 1 t Onion Powder
  • 1 t Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 t Ground Cumin
  • 1 t Smoked Paprika
  • 1 t Ground Cloves
  • 1 T Tomato Paste
  • 1 T Miso Paste
  • 1 T Maple Syrup
  • 1 T Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3 ⁄4 cup Water OR Vegetable Stock
  • 1 T Arrowroot Powder + 1 T Water Salt & Pepper to taste
  • *you can swap the spices for a jerk seasoning mix if you prefer
  • For the Avocado Crema
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • For Serving
  • 2 cans sauted black beans
  • Chopped cilantro


  • Rinse and chop the produce accordingly.
  • Bring a skillet to medium-heat. Once hot, sauté scallions, ginger, pepper, and garlic.
  • Cook until fragrant, and scallion is more translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the dried thyme, cinnamon, clove, smoked paprika, cumin, nutmeg onion powder, garlic powder, and allspice. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  • Add the water, tomato paste, maple syrup, and miso paste. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.
  • Make your arrowroot slurry and add it to your sauce.
  • Make the avocado crema. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
  • Fry the plantains. Add 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a skillet set to medium-high heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned. Then, flip and repeat.
  • Add half of the sauce to the plantains, and toss to combine in the skillet.
  • Build your tacos. Add your black beans, plantains, top with your avocado crema. Enjoy!

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