We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Chifle?

Dan Harkins
By
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

In many tropical nations of South and Central America, the plantain is as common as its smaller cousin, the banana. This has led to chifle, or fried plantain chips, becoming just as common in countries like Ecuador and Peru as banana chips have become elsewhere. Sweeter than potato chips, this sweet and savory snack is made with oil, salt and thinly sliced plantain.

Also known as tajadas, chifle chips must be made from fresh, ripened plantains or green bananas; otherwise, they will taste too bitter. Many think of plantains as vegetables, despite their official designation as a fruit. Some chefs cut them into circular chips; others slice long strips lengthwise or do a combination of the two. Beforehand, some will dip the fruits in saltwater to make them more savory.

After sliced, the plantain slivers are dropped into hot oil until browned and crispy. The oil should fully submerge the plantain chips. If the chips are packed into the fryer too tight, they may stick together. Finishing the process involves merely drying the chips of oil on a paper towel, then sprinkling them with salt.

Another variation has chefs adding garlic powder and even chile powder for a spicy version known as chifles cerveceros. In some areas, these chips are made on a hot stove instead of in a deep fryer. A common accompaniment with a bowl of chifle chips is salsa rosada, or salsa golf, which is a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, citrus juice, salt and pepper.

Sacks of chifle chips are commonly sold by street vendors in countries like Peru or Ecuador. They make regular appearances as a light starter on various restaurant tables, alongside cold soup known as ceviche, or with sauces or chutneys made of avacado, fruit or chipotle. Many commercial versions are sold throughout Latin America and further abroad.

A sweeter version of chifle is the also-popular banana chips, which are made the same way. These snacks are more often associated with sweeter pairings, such as trail mix or as a topping for ice cream. Chifle, by contrast, is used in sweet or savory ways throughout Latin American cultures. In Cuba, these snacks are mariquitas, or lady bugs; in Puerto Rico, platanutres; and in Bolivia they are chipilos, or little chips.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Dan Harkins
By Dan Harkins
Dan Harkins, a former military professional, brings his diverse life experiences to his writing. After earning his journalism degree, he spent more than two decades honing his craft as a writer and editor for various publications. Dan’s debut novel showcases his storytelling skills and unique perspective by drawing readers into the story’s captivating narrative.
Discussion Comments
Dan Harkins
Dan Harkins
Dan Harkins, a former military professional, brings his diverse life experiences to his writing. After earning his...
Learn more
DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.