Pastelon: The Puerto Rican Plantain Lasagna

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My favorite Puerto Rican dish is pastelon. It’s the casserole version of the Puerto Rican chuchifrito, called “pionono.” The ultimate comfort food, pastelon can be described as the Puerto Rican lasagna. Sweet fried plantains on the bottom, savory picadillo (seasoned ground beef) in the middle and melted spicy pepper jack cheese on top. Every bite is a melody of flavors. Pastelon is a gluten free dish and can be made vegetarian or vegan very easily by using beans or tofu instead of meat and vegetables instead of cheese.

Warning: This dish is a crowd pleaser, I always prepare at least two pans and it always goes quickly, often with leaving guests wanting more. If you do not think you will eat two pans, prepare two then freeze one and bake it it at a later date for an easy dinner.

Ingredients: One Large Pan Serves 8 to 10 people

  • 7 to 10 Yellow Plantains (You can also purchase frozen amarillos.)
  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs ground beef (To make recipe vegetarian, replace the beef with beans or tofu.)
  • 1 Jar of Capers
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Red & Green Pepper
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro
  • Small can of tomato sauce
  • Spices: Cumin, Oregano, Salt, Achiote (or Annatto)
  • 1 Package of Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Vegetable or Olive Oil
  • Two eggs
  • Four tablespoons of Water
  • Aluminum Foil & one large baking dish
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