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Island Bites: Piñon or Pastelón (Puerto Rican Sweet Plantain Lasagna)

Updated on February 16, 2017
5 stars from 6 ratings of Piñon (Sweet Plantain Lasagna)

What is piñón?

Piñon (also known as pastelón) is a Puerto Rican. It is similar to a lasagna, but instead of using pasta, it is made with layers of fried sweet plantains and picadillo (seasoned ground meat).


  • You could substitute onions, garlic, peppers and culantro for 1/4 cup of sofrito.
  • To learn how to make sofrito visit: Island Bites Sofrito


  1. Brown ground beef in a couple tablespoons of oil. Add onions, peppers, garlic, tomato sauce, herb and spices and olives. Saute at medium temperature for 2 or 3 minutes. Add salt and peper. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil, enough to cover the bottom of a pan. Fry sweet plantain strips until golden. Set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs with 2 or 3 tablespoons of water.
  4. Layer half of the sweet plantain strips in a previously greased baking pan. Pour half of the egg wash over the plantains. Add the ground beef. Cover with half of the cheese. Layer the rest of the plantains. Add the rest of the egg wash. Top with the rest of the cheese.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes cover at 350. Let it rest before serving.


  • 8 to 10 ripe sweet plantains, sliced into strips
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 2 oz smoked ham, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cubanelle pepper, diced
  • 2 roasted red peppers, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 culantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 oz tomato sauce or puree
  • (optional) pimento olives, sliced
  • 4 oz mozarella cheese, grated
  • 8 oz swiss cheese
  • 3-4 eggs
  • oil
  • salt & pepper


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    • WhatToCook profile image


      5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      This looks very good. I can not rate to give it a try,

    • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      You could do individual portions in a muffin/cupcake pan.

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      Dianne Hunt 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Love Pinon! I don't make it often cause my boys aren't too fond of plantains (I can't believe it!). Maybe I could make a smaller version of this for myself and my husband.

    • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hey :-)

    • Thief12 profile image


      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Yumm, yumm! :-D


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