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Pastele Stew

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I always enjoyed pasteles growing up in Hawaii. When I moved to Washington I needed to make anything I was ONO for. It’s a little difficult to get ti leaves here so combined with the cold weather pastels stew is perfect. We love olives so adjust according to your liking. Hope you enjoy my version..


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Pastele Stew

If you grew up in Hawaii or near Puerto Rican you probably love Pastele Stew. Try this easy recipe and it will become your family's favorite stew.
Posted By: Caroline’s Food Creations Blogspot
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Stew
Cuisine American, Hawaiian, Local
Calories 10451 kcal


  • 3-4 lbs. pork butt and pork belly (cut in bite size pieces)
  • 10 green bananas
  • 2 1/3 plus 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 2 packets of 2 oz. annatto seeds
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 bunches cilantro chopped
  • 1 c. tomato sauce
  • 3-4 cans medium olives
  • 2 bouillon chicken cubes
  • 4 tablespoons cumin
  • 8 c. water
  • to taste Salt & Pepper


Achiote oil:

  • Heat seeds and olive oil in sauce pan over medium heat until dark red.  Strain seeds and reserve oil.


  • Peel large green bananas with paring knife (as if an apple). Soak in warm water for 8 minutes.  
  • Using gloves grate on smallest grate of grater.  Mix in 1 c. of prepared achoite oil  (use within 2 days)
  • In large pot put 2 tablespoon of achoite oil and brown pork in batches
  • Add onions, garlic, salt, bay leaves and 2 bunches of cilantro. Cook until softened (don’t drain).  
  • Add tomato sauce and olives with their liquid.  Simmer uncovered 30 minutes.  
  • Add masa, 8 c. water, cumin and chicken bouillon.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour (stir every 10 minutes to avoid sticking).  
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

How To Serve:

  • Garnish with last bunch of cilantro, served on rice topped with a little chili pepper water.


Calories: 10451kcalCarbohydrates: 376gProtein: 294gFat: 899gSaturated Fat: 140gPolyunsaturated Fat: 92gMonounsaturated Fat: 631gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 818mgSodium: 22355mgPotassium: 11153mgFiber: 82gSugar: 174gVitamin A: 8335IUVitamin B1: 9mgVitamin B5: 27mgVitamin C: 158mgCalcium: 1324mgIron: 49mg
Keyword pastele,stew, hawaii, ti leaves, olives, chicken, pork, pork stew, pastele stew, pork recipes, chicken stew
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