Estofado de Lentejas con Platano Maduro (Lentils with Ripe Plantain)

Lentil and Ripe plantain Stew

I’ve been on a lentils kick lately, I can’t get enough of them. They are healthy, versatile, and so tasty. They are the perfect comfort food.

This can be a meal for the entire family, or just you alone, and the leftovers are great too. I ate them the next day while sitting on my couch watching an episode of one of my favorite shows. This dish is simple, but very tasty.

Buen provecho!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground achiote
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 7 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 pound dry lentils, picked and rinsed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced


  1. Place the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, red bell pepper, tomato, garlic, cumin, salt and achiote. Cook, stirring for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the lentils, carrots and plantain, reduce the heat to medium low, cover partially and cook until the lentils are soft about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the chopped cilantro and serve with white rice and avocado.
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  1. Caroll Buitrago-Long says

    Gracias. Cuando me dan ganas de lentejas…me dan GANAS de lentejas!! y esto esta perfecto…tan facil de hacer… gracias Erika y Dios te bendiga!

  2. Andrea says

    Hola erica Tu blog esta muy bien todos los dias trato de hacer alguna de tus recetas una amiga me sugirio que te preguntara por que no haces los videos mientras vas preparando las recetas se que eso lleva mucho tiempo pero seria genial un saludo muy especial me encanta tu blog

    • andrea says

      It’s really good with plantains I put it as a side as well as avocado and rice but I mixed all together later… For my lentils I add 1 chicken cube and I add some bacon chopped in little pieces and with the same grease I add it to the lentils and it really taste delicious… I love lentils…

  3. says

    For some reason I don’t cook/eat a lot of lentils. I know they’re great for you and very versatile, but I guess I just haven’t found a good recipe to make them, until now. Platano maduro must add a lot of flavor to them, and the avocado… YUM!

  4. says

    I just had lentils for lunch today! We must be thinking alike. :) Savory dishes with sweet plantains always make me happy. This looks so tasty!

  5. Annie says

    I made your recipe last night and it was simple and delicious. I served it with grilled chicken on the side. thanks

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