Vegetarian Spanish Casserole

A few weeks back I posted this picture and the questions kept rolling in. So after much pegging and drooling over on Instagram and my direct messages I decided to share my recipe. Let’s get right to it…

I know you’re wondering what is a pastelon? Well, its a Puerto Rican casserole dish layered like Italian lasagne made with sweet plantains, ground beef, tomato-based sauce, and cheese. I am not a fan of ground beef so I swapped the beef for beans. Check out my revamped recipe below.


  • Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Cans Of Black Beans
  • 2 Ripe Plantains
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 Garlic Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro Chopped
  • Handful Of Olives
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 1 Petite Sweet Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Marinara Sauce
  • 1 Bag Of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Kale

Preparation Method

Drain Cans Of Beans and set aside.

Chop Plantains in quarters add to boiling water let boil for 10 mins or until plantains are soft.

Chop seasonings- garlic, onions, cilantro, celery, and sweet peppers. Sautee seasonings in Olive Oil until soft. Add drained beans to seasonings and sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder to the mixture. As the beans are being sauteed add the 1 cup of marina sauce cover and simmer for 10 mins.

Preheat oven to 350

Remove plantains from boiling water and set aside to cool. Once cool to touch peel plantains and place in a bowl. After peeling each plantain mash with a fork sprinkle salt and pepper. Set mashed plantains aside.

Remove bean mixture from the fire.

Take a square pan and rub with olive oil

Rinse and chop fresh kale then set aside.

Line greased the pan with

  1. Mashed Plantains Mixture
  2. Beans Mixture
  3. Fresh Kale
  4. Shredded Cheese

Continue lining pan until full. Once on the final layer sprinkle with cheese for topping. Place in oven to bake for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove from oven let cool and enjoy with a yummy avocado salad.

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  1. Dennis Jones wrote:

    This looks and sounds great. Will try it soon and let you know what I think.

    Posted 9.11.18
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