Puerto Rican Beef & Plantians (Beef Mofongo)
  • 1 to 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Entrée

Puerto Rican Beef & Plantains (Beef Mofongo)

Often confused with bananas, plantains are a starchy staple of many Latin American dishes. Here they’re mashed and topped with a seasoned beef-and-veggie blend.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coriander and annatto seasoning mix
  • 1 can (15-1/2 to 16 ounces ) black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sliced green olives with pimentos
  • 4 unripe plantains, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup canned French fried onions (optional)
Toppings (optional):
  • Lime wedges, chopped cilantro and additional French fried onions

Instructions

  1. Combine onion, pepper, 2 garlic cloves and cilantro in food processor container. Cover; process until finely chopped.

  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef and vegetable mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Stir in black beans, tomatoes, olives and seasoning mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, place plantains, remaining 4 cloves garlic and salt in large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until plantains are very tender. Remove from heat; drain, reserving cooking liquid. Mash plantains and garlic, adding cooking liquid as needed to create a soft, chunky texture. Just before serving, stir in French fried onions, if desired.

    Cook's Tip: Four cups hot, cooked mashed Yukon gold potatoes may be substituted for plantains.
  4. Divide plantain mixture evenly onto four plates; top evenly with beef mixture. Garnish with Toppings, if desired.


  • Test Kitchen Tips Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
    Four cups hot, cooked mashed Yukon gold potatoes may be substituted for plantains.