Pastelón de Platano Maduros (amarillos) – Sweet Plantain Puerto Rican Lasagna


Here is a great recipe for a Puerto Rican Pastelon made from platno maduros (sweet plantains)  My grandmother’s recipe to be exact.  Whenever we visited my abuelita in Philly, she would make this dish and have it waiting for us when we arrived.

My grandmothers recipe is not to be confused with a Piñon as most bloggers out there have made the mistake of calling a piñon a pastelón and vise versa. There is a big difference between a the two, as one recipe calls for mashed plantains and the other calls for deep fried plantains.

When I tell you that this recipe has it all I mean it!  You have the sweetness of the plantain mixed with the tangy, sour and spicy taste of the picadillo meat sauce. The result is a fusion mix of popping flavor.

If you want to make an AUTHENTIC Puerto Rican Pastelón, look no further and get your ingredients ready!



  • 1.5 lbs. Ground Meat. – I use 95% lean.
  • 1 Spanish Onion Chopped
  • 1 Cubenelle Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 5 Cilantro Sprigs – detach leaves and chop
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Garlic
  • 4 tbsp Sofrito
  • 2 tbsp Pitted Alcapparado
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1.2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Peas
  • 1 cup Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 can Spanish Tomato Sauce
  • 4 ripe Plantains –
  • 1/2 Stick Butter (4oz)
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Lasagna Pan or Loaf Pan
  • Parchment Paper – Cut to pan size
  • 1 Banana Leaf – Cut to pan size
  • 1/4 cup Puerto Rican Cheese – Or any Spanish frying cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper

Lots of ingredients eh? Oh well, this recipe is totally worth it!

Step 1 – Brown chopped meat (do not drain juices)

Step 2 – Add Cilantro, green pepper, red pepper and onion. Saute for until translucent

Step 3 – Mix in garlic

Step 4 – Mix in Sofrito

Step 5 – Mix in Alcapparado

Step 6 – Mix in salt, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper and bay leafs.

Step 7 –  Stir in, red wine, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.

Step 8 – Add sweet peas

Step 9 – Add roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Step 10 – Stir, cover and simmer over med heat for 20 min.

Step 11 – Peel all the sweet plantains

Step 12– Cut into smaller parts, place in pot and cover with water. Over Medium high heat, Bring to a boil and cook for 15 min then immediately drain water.

Step 13 – In a non reactive bowl add the plantains and the 4oz butter. Mash with a hand-held mixer on number 4.

mix in heavy cream and mash and set aside

Step 14 – Setting up baking dish

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your dish, make sure you cut an overhang of 2 inches bigger . This will make lifting the pastelon out of the platter easier.

Cut a piece of banana leaf for the bottom of the dish

Step 15 – Setting up the Pastelón

With a rubber pastry spatula you are going to layer your banana and meat sauce. First layer will be sweet plantain, followed by meat and then again sweet plantain.

Sprinkle PR Cheese

Sprinkle Cheddar Cheese

Sprinkle Mozzarella Cheese

Beat Eggs and Layer Over Cheese, top with Salt and Pepper

Place in preheated oven (350) and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Let cool.

To remove the Pastelon simply lift out of pan holding the ends of the parchment paper.

and place on a dish. If you choose to place on a dish over salad.

End result is an amazing authentic Puerto Rican Pastelón.



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