Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

Pastelon is a Puerto Rican dish first recommended to me by one of my nurses, who is from Puerto Rico. Picture a lasagna, but instead of noodles for the separating layers, you use plantains. It's SO good! There are many variations, but this is how I prepare it. Plus, a lot of the common additions to Pastelon - like capers, olives or raisins, if you desire.This is Maldo's recipe and made it last night and thought I'd share ;) I used my Sofrito Cubano.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 12 large white onion, diced
  • sofrito sauce (use your own, I did recipe #207700) or use goya's sofrito sauce
  • 14 cup tomato sauce (I used Hunt's)
  • sazon goya, with annato and cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 cup corn niblets (from the can, that is the way the recipe is written)
  • 12 cup French style green bean (from the can, that is the way the recipe is written)
  • 4 -6 ripe plantains (you should see lots of black, that is sweet)
  • 4 -6 ounces cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat dash of oil, sofrito, Sazon, onion and garlic on medium heat until well sauteed.
  2. Add ground beef and tomato sauce and stir until well cooked, but not dry.
  3. Drain any grease.
  4. Make sure ground beef is well ground (that it has no chunks).
  5. Add corn and string beans to mixture.
  6. Add cheese to picadillo (ground beef), if using, it helps to bind the meat together.
  7. Peel and slice plantains lengthwise.
  8. If the plantains are large, you'll probably get about three-four lengths per plantain.
  9. Saute plantain slices in medium-hot oil for a few mintues, flipping halfway through cooking.
  10. Set slices on paper toweled tray or use a brown garbage bag, and allow the oil to be absorbed; and pat dry.
  11. Layer plantains along bottom of greased 9x9 pan.
  12. Pour two eggs, beaten, over bottom layer.
  13. Top with ground beef layer.
  14. Repeat plantain and beef layers, making sure the plantain layer is the top.
  15. Optional cheese layer on top.
  16. Cook in 350ºF oven for about 35 minutes, making sure eggs are cooked and not watery.
  17. ENJOY!