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 Nutrition and Ingredients
Let’s take a closer look at what comes in this 6 ounce bag.
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.
The Plantain Chips have the following ingredients:
- Sunflower oil
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!
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.