Chifles are fried plantain chips; they are very popular in Peru and across Latin America. In Latin American countries you will often find street vendors selling chifles, but there are also brands which produce them and sell them in shops nationwide.
They come in different sizes and types, some even with a touch of garlic. But the great thing about chifles is they are a snack that you can season however you like.
They are very easy to make. At the Cava Regulatory Board, we recommend making this snack at home and enjoying it with a Cava Gran Reserva (more than 36 months).
Chifles can be enjoyed hot or cold, on their own, or as a side dish. If you are making them as a snack, you can serve them with ketchup, barbecue sauce or any other sauce you like. If you want to serve them as a side dish, chifles are great with any type of ceviche. However you serve them, remember to enjoy them with a glass of Cava Gran Reserva (more than 36 months).
Garlic: if you want to add a touch of garlic, add two chopped cloves of garlic or thinly sliced garlic to the hot oil. Brown the garlic in the oil and remove it before adding the plantains. The oil will become infused with the garlic and transfer the flavour to the plantains.