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Oh, Papi Chulo. ¿Estas celoso? Don’t worry, I will make these again when you are home. I can’t wait to share these Cuban-inspired slow cooker lechon asado nachos with you!
To the best of my knowledge, Cuban nachos aren’t actually a thing. I really don’t know why, though! If you’d each lechon, black beans, and plantains in separate stacks on one plate, why not make them into one delicious nacho stack? The flavors work amazingly well together and homemade mariquitas (green plantain chips) are an amazing replacement for tortilla chips.
I know I have readers that this won’t appeal to for various reasons. Don’t worry – I’ve thought of you! To make it:
Vegetarian plantain nachos – Skip the pork! The black beans and mariquitas are delicious meat free with the toppings.
Paleo plantain nachos – Don’t add the black beans. Or the cheese, if you’re being strict. The pork and plantains go great together!
Non-pork – (Is there a better way to phrase that?) I know some people who aren’t vegetarian but who only eat poultry. Make the slow cooker mojo “pork” as directed but substitute chicken thighs. Mojo chicken is tasty, too!
As much as I love making slow cooker mojo pork/lechon asado, nothing can compare to the real deal. Let me tell you, the flight all the way from Hawaii to Florida was worth it for the family New Year’s party in Miami last year. Well, usually the music was a little loud for this pair of homebodies, but we wore our New Year’s sombreros and had lots of lechon and tamales. My father-in-law has an entire outdoor oven/roaster/thing specially designed for cooking celebratory lechon. Oh, and there were multiple types of homemade flan. I’m not even going to pretend I didn’t try them all. Then, of course, there were leftovers the next day. =)
Slow cooker lechon asado nachos
Slow cooker mojo pork isn’t quite the same level of “invite the neighborhood and string the party lights” amazing, but it is good and has the added benefit of being something you can put in your slow cooker and leave alone for the day.
The exact amount of time will depend on your slow cooker, and you know your own appliance best. Mine’s “high” is about like most “lows,” so I just always use high and know it will take almost 8 hours. It should take less than that on high, around that to slightly longer on low. Just keep an eye on it – the roast will let you know when it’s ready by being pull apart tender!
Don’t let all the subheadings stress you out. You don’t actually do much with the pork and the mariquitas can be made as much as a day ahead of time.
You really don’t need any special equipment for this recipe, but it is a great place to use a mandoline slicer. I am really poor at cutting things with knives, but I can slice onions and plantains like a pro with my mandoline! I use our Good Grips Mandolin Slicer at least every other day. The thinnest setting is 1.5mm, or 1/16″. I use this setting for the onions and plantains. To get the best plantain chips for your nachos, cut the plantains on a diagonal. These are some of the un-baked plantain chips here:
The part of me that uses My Fitness Pal says you should cook one plantain per two people. When I put this recipe into MFP using the exact weights for the ingredients and toppings I used, it was almost 600 calories per serving at four servings. Now, you probably aren’t going to eat 1/4 of the pork in one go, but you’ll want to have more chips than that!
I know how delicious the mariquitas are, so I’m going to guess you’ll want a whole plantain all to yourself. How many plantains you make is your call the meat and beans are certainly enough for four people, probably with some leftovers.
For the mojo pork
For the mariquitas
For the beans
For the mojo pork
For the mariquitas
For the beans
For the nachos
Neither of us are big drinkers. As Papi Chulo once told a waiter “Look at us! We’re tiny!” That having been said, I know exactly what drink would go well with these mojo pork plantain nachos:
And, yes, we really do use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and I actually did put chopped lettuce on my mojo pork nachos! Even if there is such a thing as Cuban nachos, I can pretty much guarantee you this isn’t part of the dish. I think it’s tasty, though, and there are no Cubans home to complain.
If you like Cuban recipes, then you’ll love this easy oven roasted Cuban pork tenderloin:
And these oven baked sweet plantains!
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.