Canoas De Platano Maduro ( Sweet Plantain and Ground Beef Boats)


I’m alive. Yes. This is true. I’m sure at this point you guys are so tired of me saying, it’s been a very, very long time. This time, it’s been longer than other times I’ve disappeared. This time, it was for an amazing reason. I had to focus all my time and energy into my business. I finally left my terrible 9-5 and started working my business full time at home! I had times I literally cried because I missed Cook It Girl soooo much! This is my hobby and not being able to do it was not fun at all. I posted a potato salad three ways recipe video about 2 weeks ago and it was a recipe I recorded early this year! So, yea, it’s been a long ass time. I can’t even put into words how excited I was to record this amazing recipe. I totally bought too many sweet plantains and found myself wondering what I was going to do with all of them. Then I remembered this sweet and salty recipe and recorded it…….

There are so many things to talk about. First and foremost, Christmas is right around the corner. You all know how I feel about Christmas. This time around I can blast Christmas music all day while I work from home. I CAN NOT WAIT!!! Also, on another devastating note, this world is suffering so many catastrophes that I’m not sure how we will all make it. We all need to stick together and pray as much as we possibly can. Hurricane Irma made her unwanted appearance here in Florida. It was pretty bad but not as bad as our Caribbean islands. My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering. Wah! I wish we could help everyone!

Canoas De Platano Maduro are a Puerto Rican dish! Its full of flavor. It falls under my absolute favorite food category, sweet & salty! If this isn’t a category, I just made it. Your welcome. Please enjoy this amazing recipe! Let’s all pray for Puerto Rico and all the other islands that are trying to overcome the next rough couple of months/years.

P.S. Thank you for being so patience with me! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Canoas De Platano Maduro ( Sweet Plantain and Ground Beef Boats)


  • 1 Pound of ground beef
  • Half an onion
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 6 Green olives
  • 1/3 Cup of cilantro
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet of cilantro y achiote
  • Shredded cheese (of your choice)
  • 8 Sweet Plantains
  • Oil for frying

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and stir till it’s no longer pink. Add onions, salt, garlic, green olives, cilantro, tomato sauce and cilantro y achiote. Stir and reduce heat to medium heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

Peel the sweet plantains. In a pan over medium heat add cooking oil, just enough to cover the plantains. Fry plantains on each side till golden. Drain on a plate lined with paper towel, set aside and let cool.

Once the plantains are cool, place plantains on a baking pan and cut a slit down the middle of the plantains. Fill each plantain with ground beef. Add as much, or as little, shredded cheese on top of the ground beef.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browned.