Step into the vibrant culinary world of Benin, where flavors dance and tantalize the taste buds. Among the many beloved dishes of this West African nation, Aloco stands out as a true delight. Aloco, also known as fried plantains, is a beloved street food and a staple in Beninese cuisine. With its crispy exterior and soft, sweet interior, Aloco offers a delightful contrast of textures and a burst of flavor that will transport you to the bustling markets of Benin.

In this recipe, we'll take you on a culinary journey to create your own batch of irresistible Beninese Aloco. Whether you're craving a savory snack or planning a festive feast, Aloco is sure to steal the show. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and let's dive into the art of making this mouthwatering delicacy from Benin.


  • 3 ripe plantains
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: chili powder or cayenne pepper for added spice


1- Peel the plantains and cut them into diagonal slices, about 1/2 inch thick. You can also cut them into rounds if preferred.

2- Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan or deep fryer over medium-high heat until it reaches around 350°F (175°C).

3- Once the oil is hot, carefully add the plantain slices in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the plantains until they are golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side.

4- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried plantains to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle with salt to taste while they're still hot.

5- Optional: For an extra kick of flavor, sprinkle the fried plantains with chili powder or cayenne pepper.

6- Serve the Benin Aloco hot as a snack or side dish alongside your favorite dipping sauce or enjoy them on their own.

7- Enjoy the crispy, golden goodness of Beninese Aloco with friends and family, and savor the authentic flavors of West Africa!

Nutritional Values:

Here are approximate nutritional values for the ingredients used in Benin Aloco recipe:

3 ripe plantains:

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 81g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 42g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 0.9g
  • Vitamin A: 2200 IU (44% DV)
  • Vitamin C: 66mg (110% DV)
  • Potassium: 1050mg (30% DV)


  • Rich source of carbohydrates, providing energy.
  • High in dietary fiber, aiding digestion and promoting gut health.
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium, which support overall health, immune function, and heart health.

Vegetable oil for frying (1 tablespoon, approximately):

  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.9g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.7g
  • No cholesterol or sodium


  • Provides energy due to its high-fat content.
  • Contains healthy unsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health when consumed in moderation.
  • Can help improve the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, and K.

Salt (to taste, approximate amount used):

  • Negligible calories and nutrients if used sparingly.


  • Regulates fluid balance in the body and helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function.
  • Adds flavor to dishes and enhances taste perception.
  • However, excessive salt intake may contribute to high blood pressure, so it's essential to use it in moderation.

Optional: Chili powder or cayenne pepper (for added spice):

  • Calories: 8 kcal (for 1 teaspoon)
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Sugars: 0.6g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Fat: 0.4g
  • Vitamin A: 2425 IU (49% DV)
  • Vitamin C: 1.6mg (3% DV)
  • Potassium: 82mg (2% DV)


  • Contains capsaicin, which may help boost metabolism and promote weight loss.
  • Has antioxidant properties that can help fight inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic d
  • iseases.
  • Adds spice and flavor to dishes, enhancing their taste and aroma.

Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as the size and variety of the ingredients used, as well as the specific cooking methods employed.


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