Meatless Monday: Colombian Independence Day Patacones with Hogao Sauce

Celebrate 20 de julio or Colombia's Independence Day with a sabroso Colombian favorite: patacones with hogao sauce.

These savory fried plantains, also know as tostones, are easy to prepare and make a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any occasion.

Natalie's Patacones Recipe



  • 2 green plantains
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • salt to taste


  1. Peel plantains and cut into 1 inch slices.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan and add plantain slices.
  3. Fry 3 minutes on each side until bright yellow.
  4. Remove slices from oil and place on paper towels until dry.
  5. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten plantains until 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle with salt, and return to oil.
  6. Fry again for 3 minutes on each side until golden, then remove from oil and let dry.

Natalie's Hogao Sauce Recipe



  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 4-5 shallots or one medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil


  1. Chop all ingredients.
  2. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until golden.
  3. Add tomatoes and cumin and let cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring regularly.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and parsley. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, until thick.
  5. Remove from heat.


¡Qué rico!

Since an amiga from Colombia first introduced me to this plato in college, I've been hooked. The crispy plantains are my go-to snack when I'm craving something salty, and are also great with guacamole.

Don't be shy with the salsa--this condiment made entirely of vegetables is as healthy as it is delicioso. Not only is hogao a low-calorie flavoring, its main ingredient cooked tomato has cancer-fighting properties which I point out in Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer Fighting Foods. Try hogao sauce over rice, lentils, and beans or with empanadas, another fried treat I recommend in Meatless Monday: Costa Rican Potato Empanadas.

Already want more platanos on your plate? Use yellow plantains for this sweet platanos maduros recipe.

Colombians celebrate July 20th with feasts and fiestas. With these easy and tasty recetas, you'll celebrate Colombia's cuisine all year long.

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The Wise Latina Club's Natalie Wagner FierroA teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.

What are your favorite Colombian recipes?