Puré de Frijol y Plátano Maduro (Bean and Ripe Plantain Puree)

by Erica Dinho on September 3, 2011

Ripe Plantain and Bean Puree

This Bean and Ripe Plantain Puree is a traditional Colombian side dish. I know it doesn’t look good in the picture, but it is delicious and easy to make and goes perfectly with grilled beef, pork or chicken. This time I used canned beans to keep it simple, but my grandmother always made the beans from scratch.

Buen provecho!



(About 4 servings)

  • 4 very ripe plantains, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cup cooked red beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the plantains and stock or broth.
  2. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the plantains are very tender. Drain in a strainer, reserving the cooking liquid. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in the saucepan. Add the onions, garlic, tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, or until onions are tender.
  4. Place the plantains and beans in a food processor. Add the reserved stock, coconut milk, brown sugar, cilantro, cumin, and tomato mixture. Puree and season with salt and pepper. Place in a pot a cook stirring often for 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl.
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 E September 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

This looks delicious, I´ve never seen anything like this in Colombia! Is it sweet, or is it at all like Mexican refried beans??


2 Erica September 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM

E- it is not like refried beans.


3 5 Star Foodie September 4, 2011 at 9:31 PM

sounds like a terrific combination, great flavors!


4 Barbara September 5, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Some of the best things don’t take a great photo. Never stops me from trying it, though. The plantains alone would make me want to make this dish.
(we had some guava bread pudding at a restaurant last week…it was delicious!)


5 ana maria September 5, 2011 at 5:42 PM

erika me encantan todas sus recetas, son deliciosas yfaciles de entender muchas gracias. la comida colombiana es la mejor del mundo. felicidades


6 Marleen September 5, 2011 at 8:01 PM

This sounds delicious and healthful. I will need to make this and try it out myself.


7 Kim September 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Since I adore beans I would love to try this. Hope all is well with you!


8 belinda @zomppa September 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Looks pretty good to me!


9 norma September 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Great combo..looks good to me.


10 Erica September 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Thank you everyone!


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