Tasty Pastele Stew

Easy & Tasty Pastele Stew

Tried this tasty pastele stew recipe by our own Honolulu firefighters and it didn’t disappoint. Didn’t try their banana dumplings but folded the grated bananas into the stew. It was super delicious.

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Pastele Stew
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
  • 2 pounds pork butt, chopped (bite-size chunks)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1½ (1/3 ounce packet) annatto seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • ½ can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1 can (6 ounce) black whole pitted olives, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium very green banana
  • Optional: Banana Dumplings
  • Salt for boiling
  • 1 large very green banana (plantain banana), peeled and finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil or to taste
  1. Add chopped pork into a large pot and brown on medium heat for about 30 to 40 minutes, uncovered. Season with salt and pepper and stir occasionally. About half way through add annatto seasoning and stir.
  2. Then add garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, bay leaf and green peppers. Stir together, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until pork is tender.
  3. Add cilantro and green onions and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  4. Slice banana's length wise (two slices), then boil your banana's for about 5 to 10 minutes. This will make it easier to peel. Cool down enough so you can grate the bananas. Then fold into stew or you can make the banana dumplings below.
  5. Optional: Banana Dumplings In a large pot of water, add salt to taste and boil. In a large bowl, mix banana with oils. Press banana mixture into olive-size balls then drop into boiling water until dumplings float. Remove from water and drain. Cool for 20 minutes; fold into stew to serve.
Slightly adapted recipe from the Honolulu firefighters. I cut the recipe in half to serve about 4 people. To make a bigger portion just double the ingredients. This recipe came out really good and hearty.

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