Zoo-Tosopy (Paraguayan Ground Beef Stew)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

Adapted from the Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery. You can use plantains instead of green bananas, but don't substitute regular yellow bananas.


  1. Place beef in a large pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Add water and stir until blended.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet.
  5. Saute onions, tomatoes, and bananas for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add to beef mixture.
  7. Add salt, pepper and rice.
  8. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
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Made for the Culinary Quest 2014 & the Agents of QUEST - This cuisine is largely a new adventure for me that I have been shy to explore, so I was mostly after something that was an ingredient-friendly easy-fix & full of flavor. After reading the comments of the prior reviewer, I decided to make 1 chg at the start of the prep. I browned the beef prior to adding the water (vs adding it to the raw meat), so the water deglazed the tasty pan drippings. Finding green bananas is never a problem here, so I was good-to-go to finish the recipe. On tasting, I still felt it needed an injection of flavor, but I had a perfect fix. I had just finished making Cilantro Pesto by 3ovens. Adding the pesto seemed to brighten & intensify all the flavors. It was yummy! Thx for sharing this recipe & inspiring me to be more adventurous. :-)

twissis September 18, 2014

This is good. A little bland. But tasty enough & very satisfying. Easy & fairly quick, too. I *did* find green bananas. These are NOT unripe 'eating' bananas. They're more like plantains & i wish I'd gotten 1 big plantain for .25 instead of $1.80 for 2 bananas. It may be different in your neighborhood. Made for Culinary Quest 2014/Cruisin' Culinary Queens. :)

Elmotoo August 20, 2014