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Let Us Teach You How To Make Plátanos Maduros That Your Mom Will Approve Of And Your Friends Will Love

Plátanos maduros are a pretty universal food in Latino culture. However, it is always served differently depending on what your heritage is. While Cubans tend to slice the ripe and yellow plantain to fry them, other nationalities fry them whole. Like you will see in the video above, the plátano macho maduro we will teach you to make is the plátanos rellenos de carne. The extra steps and time are necessary for creating the most delicious and multi-flavored dish you can imagine. Alone, a fried plátano maduro is a sweet and flavorful addition to any dish, especially if it is being paired with savory arroz con frijoles. The plátanos rellenos de carne are so dense and filling that they can stand in as a meal all by themselves. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

The plantain is a staple in Latin American cuisine. While more are grown in tropic regions in South America, the cousin to the banana has made an indelible impact on Latin American cuisine. In the Caribbean, the plantain is cooked two ways. One way is the maduro way that allows the fruit ripen and get sweet. The other way is when the plantain is still green and tough. The skin is hard to peel but the results are incredible. The plantain, once peeled, is sliced. Then the slices are fried and smashed before being fried a second time. The second time gives it a crispy and airy texture. Those golden, crispy fried plantain medallions are then covered in salt and served on the side of many meals.

Make sure you stick around with mitú and get the full video tomorrow on Facebook. You don’t want to miss Jeffrey talking to his mother about this masterful dish as he prepares to share it with his boyfriend. Happy Pride to all of our LGBTQ+ foodies and readers. Celebrate the month with sweet memories with friends and unforgettable meals around a table with all of those you hold near and dear to your heart. Whether it is with your family or your chosen family, you can never go wrong.

Ingredients:

  • 4 plantains, yellow and ripe for optimal sweetness
  • 6 cups plus 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, or another neutral flavor oil
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded and rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, or your preferred tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoon of beef broth powder
  • cotija cheese
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of ketchup

Directions:

  1. Cut the ends of the plantains then peel them. Slice the plantains down the middle to create a pocket. *Do not slice all the way through the plantain. You want to create a pocket for the ground beef.*
  2. Add the 6 cups of oil to a heavy-bottomed pot and heat over medium heat. Make sure oil is hot by dropping a grain of rice into the oil. If it pops immediately, it is ready. Add the plantains, one at a time and careful not to overcrowd, and fry until they are golden.
  3. Remove the plantains when they are done and set them on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  4. Add one tablespoon to a frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add one garlic clove and cook in the oil until it is deep golden brown.
  5. Remove the garlic and add the ground beef to the hot oil. Stir and break up the beef as it is cooking adding two tablespoons of garlic salt, one tablespoon of ground black pepper, ground cumin, beef broth powder, and two bay leaves. Stir the meat until it is done cooking. Drop heat to low and let the ground beef simmer as you prepare the salsa.
  6. Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottom pot, add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Add a clove of garlic and cook in the oil until it is a deep golden brown.
  7. Remove the garlic and drop the heat to low. Carefully, add two cans of tomato sauce to the hot oil. Fill one can of tomato sauce with water and add to the tomato sauce mixture in the pot. Add the ketchup, ground black pepper, two tablespoons garlic salt, one tablespoon cumin, one tablespoon beef broth powder, and two bay leaves. Raise heat to medium-low and stir the tomato mixture making sure it has the same consistency as thick tomato soup.
  8. Add diced onion, cilantro, and tomato to the tomato mixture and stir them in. Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the onions soften.
  9. To prepare the platano macho maduro, stuff the plantains with cooked ground beef. Be careful not to break them.
  10. When the plantains are filled with beef top them with the salsa, cabbage, cotija cheese, and cilantro if you desire.
  11. Serve it up to you boo and enjoy the rest of Pride Month with delicious food made at home.

WATCH: Singer Cuco Is Teaching Fans How To Make Authentic Enchiladas Verdes From His Abuelita

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WATCH: Singer Cuco Is Teaching Fans How To Make Authentic Enchiladas Verdes From His Abuelita

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Cuco may have become synonymous with dreamy Spanish indie bedroom pop, but he can also make some mean enchiladas verdes just like his abuelita used to make. In a recent recipe video by Tasty, Cuco explains how he got his name. “Cuco came from my mom saying I was crazy, like “coocoo,” cause I was a goofy kid. My grandparents speak Spanish, so they would say I was el Cuco,” he tells Tasty. The 21-year-old singer wanted to show us how to make proper enchiladas verdes because it’s the food he grew up eating, thanks to his mom, and has become one of his favorite dishes.

Here’s Cuco’s recipe, and all the other Mexicanos telling him that their abuela makes it different.

Start with fresh tomatillos, serrano peppers, and garlic.

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I repeat. Cuco does not buy canned or jarred enchilada verde salsa. He makes them like a true abuela.

“If you want your salsa to be spicy, you can up the number of serrano peppers. If you like it more mild, I recommend using maybe like one or just like half a serrano pepper. You can also remove the seeds,” Cuco advises his Tasty viewers. “I personally like spicy, so I put serrano peppers to make it hot.”

Cuco isn’t about seedless salsa verde, y’all. He also reveals that he knows more than just how to make good enchilada verde salsa. He knows the why of it all.

“The reason we boil the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and the serrano peppers, is because we want to maintain the green color. If we were to roast the ingredients, we’d get more of a browner salsa,” he says in the video, casually blowing our uneducated minds.

After boiling everything to your liking, you just blend it all up in a blender, adding water until it becomes the consistency you want in a good enchilada salsa. Then, add the mixture to a pan and saute to bring out the flavors even more. Voila! You’ve made salsa verde. Now, add a thin layer at the bottom of your baking dish.

Don’t be lazy. Fry your tortillas for Cuco-approved enchiladas.

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“It’s definitely worth taking extra time to fry tortillas. A crispier tortilla is more likely to hold its shape while baking and the enchiladas will be less mushy,” Cuco sagely offers like an abuelita would. “After you finish frying your tortillas, you’ll dip them in the remaining salsa. This will make them easier to roll and ensure they won’t dry out while baking,” he added, proving tradition runs deep in this indie artist.

Once you dip the fried tortillas in the salsa, you just to add shredded rotisserie chicken (or the vegan meat of your choice) to the center of the tortilla, and roll.

“We’re using rotisserie chicken here but this recipe is also good if you have any kind of leftover chicken you’re trying to get rid of,” Cuco says, reaching full hay-comida-en-la-casa status at the mention of leftovers.

After you’ve rolled the tortillas, you’ll want to take Cuco’s advice and “be sure to arrange them seam-side down” in the baking dish, so that “they’ll continue to hold its shape and filling during baking.” Top the enchiladas with the remaining salsa verde, and heap plenty of cheese on top. “I go crazy with the cheese. It’s just fire,” Cuco confesses to the outlet. Put it in the oven and broil for 3 minutes. Top off the cooked dish with cilantro and crema to help balance the spices of the salsa verde, and you’ve got yourself Cuco-approved enchiladas verdes.

Cuco thinks its “crucial” for people to try real Mexican food.

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“I think it’s just really crucial to go try Mexican food if you haven’t tried it before because it expands beyond tacos,” he urged Tasty fans. “Tacos are good but there’s a lot more really good dishes in the culture – enchiladas verdes, chilaquiles, tortas, pozole. There’s good food everywhere. It’s good to know where the good food spots are at in your city.” 

Cuco has proven to be a master of both English-language and Spanish-language indie pop music, often gifting us Latino-American Spanglish speakers the gift of Spanglish love songs. We’re even more in love with you, Cuco, given the way to our collective heart is good abuelita food. “I think food really connects people. Music and food are both like art,” Cuco himself said in the Tasty video. That makes Cuco a Renaissance Abuelo.

Watch the full video below.

Enchiladas Verdes Con Pollo As Made By Cuco

Watch as Cuco teaches us how to make his family's delicious enchiladas verdes, made easy with rotisserie chicken and homemade salsa. Follow Cuco on Instagram: http://instagram.com/cucopuffs

Posted by Tasty on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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15 Of The Most Tragic And Outrageous Fails From 2019

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15 Of The Most Tragic And Outrageous Fails From 2019

When Swedish model Hilla Abrahamson spent her first moments of the year being drenched by a bottle of champagne:

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She really took poppin’ bottles to the extreme.

When this little boy tried to place a couple of rogue water bottles back where they belonged . . . and then this happened:

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He was just trying to be helpful!

When Space X’s Mk1 Starship failed its nitrogen pressure test:

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Just last month, SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype suffered a major structural failure on its Boca Chica launchpad in South Texas. Looks like the Mk1 won’t make it to the moon (or Mars), after all.

The time someone stamped this on at least one $5 bill:

Yeah…that’s definitely not the White House. Although, let’s be real—even if it was, Trump barely even lives there. He owns a long list of properties, and until September of this year, he listed New York as his primary state of residence. Since then, his primary residence has been listed as Mar-a-Lago, Florida—not Washington, D.C.

When this person tried to get a pentagram tattoo, but ended up repping the Star of David:

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There’s nothing wrong with getting a Star of David tattoo, especially if it holds special meaning for someone. But if your aim was a pentagram . . . well, those symbols mean very different things. At least this person didn’t notice until someone broke the news to her.

Oh, and the time Ariana Grande got the kanji for “Japanese BBQ Grill”—later “Japanese BBQ Finger”—tattooed on her hand:

Poor Ari . . . it’s an honest mistake, and she’s definitely not the only person to get a badly translated tattoo. This whole ordeal was truly an epic saga for the internet, though. In case you missed it: Ariana Grande wanted to get a Japanese kanji tattoo to celebrate the release of her album Seven Rings. But when her tattoo was finished, it quickly became clear that it read “shichirin,” which means is a Japanese-style grill. Later, when she misinterpreted advice from her Japanese tutor and tried to edit the original tat, she ended up with ink that now means “Japanese BBQ finger.” Yikes.

When a street in Brooklyn was mysteriously covered in raw chicken, with no explanation:

BuzzFeed tried to investigate this bizarre occurrence, but still hasn’t come up with answers. Whether the chicken fell off a delivery truck or was placed there as experimental art . . . this was an undeniably epic fail.

When Joe Biden said he wasn’t ready to legalize marijuana, and Cory Booker responded like this:

Joe Biden’s stance on marijuana is seen as a problem by many reform advocates. Not only does the criminalization of marijuana put Black and Latino folks at a disproportionate risk of incarceration, but it can create difficulties for people who require the use of medicinal marijuana products. However, Cory Booker’s response, though it definitely drew laughs, apparently got him in trouble with his mom.

She allegedly responded like so:

“Did you really accuse the vice president of the United States of smoking marijuana on national TV? Did I raise you better than that?”

When this hamster was photographed “eating oats” and “not” engaging in illicit activities:

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Suuuuure.

The time an audience member of RuPaul’s talk show won a ticket to see Paula Abdul in Vegas and reacted like this:

Maybe this woman was uncomfortable being in the spotlight. Either way, please note how Paula is clapping. Please also note how this woman just does not react. Hilarious.

When teens were doing the #KylieJennerChallenge to the horror of dermatologists everywhere:

In response to the #KylieJennerChallenge, dermatologists warned against its dangers. Turns out treating your lips this way can not only produce immediate bruising and swelling, but it can also damage the collagen in your lips and make them even less plump in the future.

When a large, mildly-poisonous snake escaped inside the Bronx zoo:

Did they ever find it? We don’t know.

When the fortune cookie factory forgot to hire a proofreader:

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When this Twitter user almost burned down her house on Thanksgiving:

She didn’t even get to calm down with a piece of pumpkin pie! Well, better to burn the dessert than your entire house.

When Trump tried to get away with abuse of power that may end up in impeachment (oops!):

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