Kittencal's Papaya-Pineapple Meat Tenderizer

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by Kittencalrecipezazz

Add about 1 cup of this fruit puree to your favorite marinade and refrigerate overnight or for tougher cuts of beef use alone and marinade for no more than 8 hours, the enzymes in this fruit will break down the meat fibers to create extreme tenderizing --- use only fresh fruit not frozen or canned.

Top Review by esimp52

I'm in Indonesia: pineapple and papaya are easy to come by, tender beef is not. This marinade is outstanding. It tenderizes the local beef to standards better than USDA choice. Use it with a marinade to add flavor as well and your meat will be just great.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 large fresh pineapple (peeled and chopped, hard core removed)
  • 1 fresh papaya (peeled, stone removed and chopped)
  • 2 cups water (or use as much water for the desired thickness of the puree)


  1. Place the pineapple chunks, papaya chunks and water in a food processor; process until pureed and very smooth (do not add in any sugar).
  2. Divide the mixture into 1-cup plastic freezer containers then freeze.
  3. Add 1-2 cups thawed puree mixture to your favorite meat marinade and marinade overnight.

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