Mexican Bananas Foster

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Recipe: #31903

April 28, 2019

"We love bananas foster and this sounds like a fun version."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (313.2 g)
  • Calories 614.1
  • Total Fat - 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 61.1 mg
  • Sodium - 8.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 92.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.9 g
  • Sugars - 68.6 g
  • Protein - 2.7 g
  • Calcium - 18.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Build a charcoal fire in an outdoor grill and let burn until the coals are covered with white ash. Let the fire burn down to medium-hot (you should be able to hold your hand at grate level for 3 seconds). In a gas grill, preheat to Medium.

Step 2

Tear off six 12-inch squares of aluminum foil. Fold one foil square in half. On the bottom half, place 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Kahlua, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 banana. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Fold the foil over to form a packet, crimping the open edges to seal.

Step 3

Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Step 4

The packets can be prepared up to 1 hour ahead and kept at room temperature.

Step 5

Grill the packets until the sugar, Kahlua, and butter are boiling, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 6

Open the packets, pour over bowls of ice cream and serve immediately.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose ripe bananas for this recipe. The riper the banana, the sweeter the final result of the dish.
  • You can use any type of coffee flavored liquor for this recipe, but Kahlua is the most traditional.

  • Substitute coconut sugar for light brown sugar: Coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to light brown sugar, as it has a lower glycemic index and contains more nutrients. Additionally, coconut sugar has a subtle caramel-like flavor that will add an interesting depth to the dish.
  • Substitute dark rum for liqueur: Dark rum has a richer flavor than liqueur, which will add complexity to the dish. Additionally, dark rum has a higher alcohol content than liqueur, which will help to caramelize the bananas and create a more intense flavor.

Caribbean Bananas Foster Replace the liqueur with dark rum and add 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg to the ingredients before sealing the packets. After opening the packets, garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

Mexican Street Corn: A delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with Mexican Bananas Foster. This dish is made with grilled corn, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. The creamy and spicy flavors are a perfect complement to the sweet and creamy Bananas Foster.

Chile Verde: A flavorful and hearty dish made with pork, tomatillos, onions, garlic, jalapenos, and cilantro. It's the perfect accompaniment to Mexican Street Corn, providing a savory and spicy balance to the creamy and sweet flavors of the Bananas Foster. Chile Verde is sure to be a hit at your next Mexican-inspired dinner!


Q: How long do I need to cook the packets?

A: Grill the packets until the sugar, Kahlua, and butter are boiling, 5 to 7 minutes.

Q: What type of grill should I use?

A: Any type of grill can be used to cook the packets, but an outdoor grill is recommended.

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Fun facts:

The original Bananas Foster was created in 1951 at Brennan's restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was named after Richard Foster, a regular customer at the restaurant.

In the 1980s, the famous chef Emeril Lagasse made Bananas Foster popular when he featured it in his cooking show. He also added a signature twist to the classic recipe by adding a bit of rum and nutmeg.