I first had this served over egg noodles, but served with rice is just as nice. This recipe was introduced to me by a Cuban friend when I was seven years old. To this day, (twenty years later), it remains one of my favourites. Don't be frightened by this seemingly strange combination of ingredients; this is brilliant! The nice thing about this recipe is that it doesn't require any measurements. You use an equal amount of each ingredient, so it's infinitely scalable!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown the pork on all sides. Mix in the onions, and cook and stir until tender.

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  • Mix the bananas and tomatoes with juice into the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pork is very tender. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

197 calories; protein 11g; carbohydrates 26.9g; fat 5.5g; cholesterol 26.5mg; sodium 137.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (44)

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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2007
I have made this many times except that I use plantains instead of bananas. Also I add cumin oregano and bay leaf (in Venezuela we get it in piowder form). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/29/2006
I HAD to try this simply because of the strange combination of the strange combination of ingredients. It wasn't "bad" but I definately thought it could have been a little bit "saucier" maybe more tomato? Interesting but not sure if we'll try it again. Read More
(7)
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2007
I have made this many times except that I use plantains instead of bananas. Also I add cumin oregano and bay leaf (in Venezuela we get it in piowder form). Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2007
Born & bred in Miami I was skeptical about this dish even as I served it up. HOWEVER with just slight tweaking my family and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Tweaks: added cumin (a must for authentic cuban flavor) used 3 (10oz) cans of Rotel diced tomatoes. Also my bananas were slightly green. Yum-a-licious seriously! The tweaks kept me from giving this a 5 review... Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2005
I'm always looking for new ways to cook pork and this was easy and delicious. Nothing needed to be changed - I made minor ones - used Goya seasoning to season the meat before cooking and again at the end in place of the salt and pepper. I also had some leftover canned corn which I added. I cut the meat into bite sized pieces therefore 20 min. of cooking time was plenty - it would have been dried out if I had done 30 min. I served it over rice but the next time I'n going to serve it by itself (it is filling) and put out some crusty bread with butter. Thanks submitter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2005
This recipe was fantastic. I must be honest I only made it because to me it sounded too weird not to try.:) It was very easy to make. The blend of ingredients gave this a sweet yet spicy wonderful taste. We will be making this one again and again!! Thank you so much!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2007
This recipe could be spiced up 'criollo'-style with hot chili peppers to taste if desired or leave it mild and smooth without the hotness. I used plantains because I like them better with meat. I also liked the goulash better served with rice. Thanks for the recipe - as all the reviewers indicate it can tweeked or left alone and you still have a good dinner. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2004
I was browsing for recipes when I came across this and found it unique so I tried it out. I was really surprised by how well everything came together it was super easy to prepare and easy to make. I was definately impressed by the taste all those unique flavors in one definately not for the plain and boring that's for sure. I served over egg noodles and will definately be making this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/29/2006
I HAD to try this simply because of the strange combination of the strange combination of ingredients. It wasn't "bad" but I definately thought it could have been a little bit "saucier" maybe more tomato? Interesting but not sure if we'll try it again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2006
Do not let the ingredients put you off on making this extraordinary dish. This was fantastic the sauce was delicious the bananas gave it a nice touch. I did add a 28oz can of tomatoes as one reviewer said it could have been saucier and I am glad I did. We served it over egg noodles and it was a perfect meal. Thanks for posting this one. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2009
I loved this!My favorite flavor is banana my favortie veggies are tomatoes and I love to cook with onion so I had to try this and I loved it...I used cajun seasoning instead of cayenne also I dredged the pork in flour and cumin before browning....SOoooo tasty could not get enough! Read More
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