Plantain Boats with Spicy Beef

Plantain Boats with Spicy Beef

Two days ago I was at the produce section of Boise’s Whole Foods, and to my surprise, I came across a sign that advertised Ecuadorian plantains! (I posted a picture of this on my Instagram account — do you have Instagram? If so, follow me!)

I was utterly excited, because I had just returned from Ecuador a week ago, and had enjoyed a ton of wonderful dishes that contained plantains as a main ingredient. I love plantains; they are so sweet, so carby (is that a word? probably not, but I am going for it), so filling, so delicious! Plantains look like a large banana, but they are different than bananas in taste, texture and way of consumption.

Unlike bananas, you must cook plantains before eating them. When they are young, the outside of them is a bit hard and greenish, and this is when you can make patacones (aka tostones); at this stage the plantain is not as sweet, and yields for wonderful savory appetizers. When they are ripe, however, the outside of them is still a bit hard but it looks yellowish black (like my picture shows below); this is when you know they are ready to be used for sweeter recipes — like the one I am sharing with you today, my delicious Plantain Boats with Spicy Beef. I wanted to give this entree a fun little “sweet”-spin…hence the use of a more ripe plantain!

Did you know that Plantains have more Vitamin A & C than bananas do? Also, did you know that plantains (or bananas) don’t form seeds, so farmers have to plant a cutting of them to keep growing them? SO COOL! Gotta love fun facts.

Plantains are a wonderful source of fiber, which helps promote a healthy digestive system, and they also have tons of potassium, which enables proper function of the muscles. These little babies will not only satisfy your taste buds, but they will also nourish your bodies and keep you very healthy!

Plantain Boats with Spicy Beef
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These Plantain Boats with Spicy Beef are fun to make and fun to eat, a delicious recipe that is packed with great nutrients.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Latin American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 plantains
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ⅓ white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper, sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Salsa, homemade or store bought
  • Cilantro, to garnish
  • Green onions, to garnish​
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut plantains lengthwise across the middle, making sure you don't cut all the way through, you want the plantains to be attached at the bottom. Cover plantains with aluminum foil, place them on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
  3. While plantains bake, place a skillet over medium heat, add coconut oil and cook onions and garlic until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add in celery and serrano pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. Add in beef, helping it break apart with a wooden spoon, and stir beef constantly for about 3 minutes. Mix in salt, pepper and cumin, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Remove lid, stir and cook until the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat and mix in cilantro.
  4. Remove plantains from the oven, open foils and allow them to cool for a bit. Fill plantains with ground beef, salsa and cilantro. Enjoy right away.
Tools You’ll Need:
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Large plastic/wooden spoon
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving -- Calories: 608 Fat: 35 g. Carbohydrates: 60 g. Protein: 18 g.

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