mo·​fon·​go mə-ˈfäŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce mofongo (audio)
plural mofongos
: a Puerto Rican dish consisting of fried green plantains mashed with garlic, salt, and olive oil that is traditionally paired with meat or seafood and served with broth
The "pot luck" style meal gave everyone an early sampling of the usual turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie as well as some traditional dishes from around the globe like fried rice and mofongo.Frank Shala
"I'm a mofongo addict," said [Luis "Domingo"] Almonte, alluding to the dish of garlicky, broth-anointed fried and mashed green plantains.Erica Marcus and Corin Hirsch

Examples of mofongo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enjoy your mofongo with a view at Casa Bavaria, a German-Puerto Rican restaurant in the mountainous town of Morovis. Jessica Van Dop Dejesus, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021

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Word History


borrowed from American Spanish (Puerto Rico), of obscure origin

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mofongo was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Mofongo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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