Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips {Crunchy, Satisfying and Great with Hummus!}

Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips are an interesting and tasty snack that took me by surprise.  I really dislike bananas and have always stayed away from plantains just because they looked similar.  I know that plantains and bananas are not the same thing but part of my brain is kind of dumb.

Anyways…I bought some of these chips and ended up liking them a lot.

Let’s take a closer look at these chips to see if they need to go into your shopping cart.

Trader Joe's Plantain Chips

Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips Nutrition and Ingredients

Let’s take a closer look at what comes in this 6 ounce bag.

Nutrition Facts

One ounce is a single serving of these chips (about 20 chips) and you get about 6 servings per bag.  The nutrition facts for a single serving are:

  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 7g (9% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
  • Sodium: 40mg (2% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 19g (7% DV)
  • Protein: 0g

These chips have just about the same nutritional content as Trader Joe’s Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

Plantain Chip Nutrition

Ingredient List

The Plantain Chips have the following ingredients:

  • Plantains
  • Sunflower oil
  • Salt

You’ve got to love a product with an ingredient list that is so simple!

The labelling indicates that this is a product of Peru.

How Do Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips Taste?

Call me Captain Obvious but these chips taste like plantains that have been fried and lightly salted!

There is a touch of salty sweetness followed by the distinct and starchy flavor of plantain.

The chips are tasty on their own but also taste great when dipped into hummus.  I suspect that if you were in a pinch that you could use these chips to make replicas of some classic Caribbean dishes like mofongo which uses fried plantains and garlic pork.  I might just start making some plantain based recipes using these as a base to see how they turn out!

Pile of Plantain Chips

I really enjoyed the appearance of the chips. It was nice to see that chips were made from actual slices of individual plantains rather then from extrusions of mashed plantains.  I can’t imagine why this would make a difference but I enjoy the idea of eating foods that are minimally processed.

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