This soup pairs the crunchy goodness of fried green plantains with a hearty beef broth. Bring your appetite!
Colombians have come up with all kinds of different soup recipes with a variety of ingredients, such as this fried green plantain or Colombian patacones soup that I'll be sharing with you.
The soup itself is very basic because it's simply a beef broth made with potatoes and carrots, but its flavor is completely enhanced once you add the smashed fried green plantains, also known as "tostones." You'll see that the combination of the beef broth with the fried green plantain is absolutely fabulous.
I used Colombian aliños as seasoning; aliños are a blend of vegetables that add plenty of flavor to a variety of dishes.
2-1/2liters water (approx. 10-12 cups)
1/2 white onion chopped or grated
2cloves garlic finely chopped
3/4cup carrots chopped
1-1/2 lbs beef (chuck or beef short rib, etc.) cut into cubes
2cubes Colombian aliños (seasoning) or 4 tbsp
salt and pepper to taste
3cups Russet potatoes cut into cubes (approx. 6 medium potatoes)
12 Patacones or fried green plantain chips (made with about 2 green plantains)
Pour water into a large pot. Add the white onion, garlic, carrots, beef and aliños. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Then, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 20-25 minutes.
Uncover and add the potatoes and patacones (fried green plantains). Cover again and bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to medium and cook for another 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Serve immediately with some chopped cilantro sprinkled on top. You can also serve it with white rice and avocado slices.