Guineos en Escabeche

Updated: Sep 22

You might be wondering what is escabeche?

Escabeche is a flavorful oil and vinegar marinade infused with onions, peppers, garlic, spices, bay leaves and peppercorns.

We also use this marinade in other foods like Seafood, Yuca, Fish and Chicken.

In Puerto Rico is a tradition to make this flavorful dish for the holidays, but also for parties and special dinner events.

Enjoy with chicken, pork, seafood, fish or alone.

Hope you enjoy this wonderful easy recipe from Picante y Sabor Food.


6 green bananas

1/4 cup white vinegar

3/4 cups olive oil

1/4 cup white onion, diced small

2 small garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup red bell peppers, diced small

2 bay leaves

1/4 tsp of half crack peppercorns

1/2 tsp of oregano

1/2 tsp of adobo

Optional: more salt to taste

1/4 cup of milk for pot of water (this helps keep banana stain sticking to pot)


Peel and slice lengthwise along the peel, and try not to cut into the banana about a 1/2 inch thick. In a large pot add water, 1/4 cup of milk and salt to a boil about 1 tbs on medium high heat.

(Use enough water to cover the bananas)

Add the sliced green bananas and boil until fork-tender, about 10-15 minutes.

Once the banana are cooked, carefully drain them and cut them up into ½ inch pieces.

While the bananas boil prepare the escabeche marinade. In a medium sized pot combine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, onions, bell peppers, and bay leaf (optional), and peppercorn. Bring to a simmer and cook until the onions are tender about 15 mins.  (To avoid garlic turning green, add it at the end and remove marinate quickly from the heat)

Pour the marinade over the cooked bananas. Season the bananas with salt to taste.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

Optional: you can add olives to this recipe also after adding marinade.


Picante y Sabor Food🌶

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