Toston with shredded meat or patacon with Ropa Vieja


Toston with shredded meat or Patacón with Ropa Vieja

This delicacy that includes flattened green plantains known as patacón or toston is a very typical Caribbean recipe.


– 2 green Plantain

– 300g shredded meat (can be beef, chicken or pork)

– 1 onion

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 1 red pepper

– 1 green pepper

– 1 carrot

– 1 can of peeled tomatoes (400g)

– 1 teaspoon cumin

– 1 teaspoon paprika

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Olive oil

– Fresh cilantro to decorate (optional)




  1. Preparation of Shredded Meat:

– In a large pot, heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat.

– Add the chopped onion, the chopped garlic cloves and the peppers cut into strips. Sauté until golden and fragrant.

– Add the shredded meat and cook until golden.

– Add the grated carrot, chopped peeled tomatoes, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook over medium-low heat for about 20-30 minutes, until the meat is tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.


  1. Preparation of Green Plantains:

– While the meat is cooking, peel the green plantains and cut them into thick slices.

– Heat enough oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

– Fry the green  plantains slices until golden brown on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the oil and place on absorbent paper to remove excess fat.


  1. Presentation::

– Place a slice of fried plantain on a flat surface and press lightly with a board to flatten it.

– Add a portion of shredded meat on top of the crushed Plantains.

– Repeat the process with another slice of Plantains and more shredded meat, forming a tower.

– Decorate with fresh cilantro leaves if you wish.


And ready! Enjoy this delicious dish of green plantain with shredded meat. It is a perfect combination of flavors and textures that you will surely love.

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