Humboldt Park Vegetarian Jibarito


  • 2 green plantains halved, lengthwise
  • Peanut oil as needed for frying
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, sliced*
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 slices cheese, your choice
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Mayonnaise to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste


Fry plantains in preheated 325 F oil for 30 seconds; drain and cool. Place between parchment and press to flatten. 

Combine onion, garlic, lime, spices and yogurt, and spread on tofu to marinate 1 hour. Heat grill or flat top and sear tofu. Fry plantains again in same temperature until crispy, about 20 seconds; drain and salt. Make sandwich, topping a slice of plantain with cheese, tofu, vegetables, mayonnaise, hot sauce and another plantain. Makes 2 servings.

*ManBQue also uses chicken.

Chef-owner John Kaplan; ManBQue, Chicago