Rating: 5 stars
8 Ratings
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This typical Puerto Rican dish is made up of an interesting mix of ingredients but somehow they all work together. There is a little bit of salty, sweet, and savory all in one bite.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
56 mins
1 hr 21 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef; cook and stir until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Remove meat from pan; drain fat.

  • Place tomato sauce, sofrito, green olives, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, recao, and oregano in the skillet. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Return ground beef to skillet; reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes more.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  • Pour oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry plantain slices until golden, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  • Beat eggs thoroughly in a bowl; add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Line the bottom of the baking pan with half the plantains, overlapping as needed. Layer ground beef mixture, green beans, and remaining plantains; pour eggs on top. Top with mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are set and cheese is melted, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you cannot find the tropical herb called recao (also known as culantro), you can use cilantro instead.

You can also use a 9x9-inch baking pan.

Sofrito can be found in jars, as well as in the refrigerator or freezer section of your grocery store.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

463 calories; protein 18.3g; carbohydrates 70.2g; fat 15.2g; cholesterol 149.4mg; sodium 678.2mg. Full Nutrition