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Plantain and Pinto Stew with Aji Verde

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings 1x


Our new favorite warm and nutritious stew filled with pinto beans, plantains, tomatoes, kale, and lots of cozy spices. Top it with a swizzle of a spicy green sauce called aji verde and you’re in flavor town.



For the Stew:

  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (more to taste)
  • two 14-ounce cans fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 12 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)
  • 2 medium-ripe plantains, peeled and sliced into small half-moon shapes
  • one 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups kale, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Aji Verde:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces of queso fresco (optional)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, ribs and seeds removed, roughly chopped (add more for more heat!)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt (to taste)


  1. Shortcut (Optional): Place the onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a food processor and pulse them through for quick and easy chopping!
  2. Sauté the Veggies: Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and peppers. Sauté for 5 minutes until soft. 
  3. Build the Stew: Add the cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Bring to a low simmer.
  4. Cook the Plantains: Add in the plantains. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Add in the pinto beans and kale. Heat until the kale is softened. Stir in the cilantro.
  5. Aji Verde Sauce: Blend up all aji verde sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. This sauce is spicy!
  6. Serve It Up: Serve in bowls with rice (optional) and a swirl of aji verde! Also delicious on its own or with a fried egg on top! Yummm.


  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Peruvian-Inspired

Keywords: plantains, plantain stew, pinto beans, aji verde, vegetarian stew, vegetarian soup, plantain recipe