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Picadillo de Platano Verde con Carne - Ground Beef with Minced Green Plantain

Cooking Time: 30 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy


1/8 teaspoon paprika
2 large green plantains, peeled, cut into three pieces
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 lbs of lean ground beef
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon butter
1 cup of tomatoes, diced
1/8 teaspoon cumin


  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add green plantain. Boil until plantains are soft. Reserve liquid and transfer plantains to dish. 
  2. Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over high medium. Add cumin, paprika, onions, red peppers, garlic. Fry them for three minutes. Add lean ground beef.
  3. Add two cups of the liquid obtain boiling the plantains and cover. Cook over low for 10 minutes. Add plantain, butter and salt to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Leave in the saucepan for 20 minutes. Serve with rice.