How to Make Mangú, the Dominican Republic’s Favorite Breakfast Dish

If you’ve ever spent any time around Dominicans or in the Dominican Republic, you’ve probably heard of mangú. This dish, consisting primarily of boiled and mashed green plantains, is beloved by Dominicans as part of a hearty breakfast.

So, let’s learn how to make it!


(this recipe yields 2-3 servings)

  • 4 green, unripe plantains
  • 3-4 tbsp butter (or, you can alternatively use the same amount of olive oil for a healthier version)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar


The first thing that you’ll need to do to make mangú is to peel and then slice the plantains in half, length-wise.

After this bring a cup or two of water to boil in a pot (you’ll want enough to cover the plantains once they’ve been added to the boiling water).

Once the water is at a boil, add the sliced plantains to the water, at a steady, rolling boil and allow them to cook until they are extremely tender.

When the plantains are tender, drain the water from the pot. Leave the boiled plantains inand gradually add the butter (or olive oil) and salt, mashing the plantains with a fork. Once they have reached the consistency of mashed potatoes, they’re ready to be garnished with the red onion.

Preparing the red onion is easy: all you have to do is sauté some small strips of the onion in the olive oil and white vinegar combination under they are tender.

Place the red onion on the boiled plantains, and voila: you have made mangú!