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Beef and Plantain Skillet with Lemon Basil Aioli

This low-carb Beef and Plantain Skillet with Lemon Basil Aioli is an easy and satisfying one dish meal.

It’s tough not to love skillets. The are one of the best options when it comes to a satisfying meal that doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen. Plus the possibilities of ingredients and flavor combinations are pretty much endless.

This skillet relies on diced green plantains to act as a starchy counterpart to some savory ground beef that is seasoned with cumin and simmered with green onions, red pepper and garlic.

To seal the deal, I added some ripe tomatoes for a hint of sweetness and topped everything off with a simple Lemon Basil Aioli. It adds a great creamy texture and burst of flavor to the skillet.

All in all, it’s a quick and easy Paleo and Whole30 plantain meal that leaves me feeling satisfied.

How to Make a Beef and Plantain Skillet

Heat two tablespoons of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add two diced green plantains and fry until they are crisp and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. 

frying green plantains

Meanwhile, prep the veggies. You’ll just need some diced red bell pepper and tomato, sliced green onions, and minced garlic.

green onions and red peppers

Once the plantains are crispy and golden brown, transfer them to a plate.

Increase the heat to medium hight, then add one pound of ground beef to the skillet along with the chopped green onions, red pepper, and garlic.

Sauteing ground beef, onions, and peppers

Season with a teaspoon of cumin and some salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.

Stir in the plantains and a chopped tomato and remove the skillet from heat.

Adding plantains back to the skillet

How to Make Lemon Basil Aioli

For the aioli, simply blend some mayonnaise, fresh basil, lemon juice, and garlic together using an immersion blender or standard blender.

Making Lemon Basil Aioli

Side note: my immersion blender is my favorite kitchen appliance. These days, you can find some awesome cordless ones on Amazon.

Beef and Plantain Skillet with Lemon Basil Aioli

Top the skillet with the aioli and enjoy!

Beef & Plantain Skillet
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Beef and Plantain Skillet with Lemon Basil Aioli

This low-carb Ground Beef and Plantain Skillet with Lemon Basil Aioli is and easy and satisfying one dish meal.
Course Main Course
Keyword ground beef, plantains
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 red bell pepper seed and diced
  • 6 green onions sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tomato diced

For the Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise homemade or Whole30 compliant
  • 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic

Instructions

For the Skillet

  • Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced plantain and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Increase the heat to medium high. Add the ground beef, red pepper, green onions, and garlic to the skillet. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the plantains and chopped tomato. Serve with the aioli.

For the Aioli

  • Combine all the ingredients using an immersion blender or standard blender.
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This Beef and Plantain Skillet is a quick and delicious combination of spicy ground beef an crispy fried green plantains. Served with Lemon Basil Aioli for a flavor-packed Paleo and Whole30 meal.

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Recipe Rating




Marisela Salazar

Sunday 14th of June 2020

My husband and I love this recipe. We have cooked it several times already. He's really happy when I make it :). We are in an area where some ingredients are not available, thus we had to substitute the basil for cilantro and it's delicious. Thank you very much.

Ehrin Smith

Friday 31st of January 2020

I just made this. It was delicious and I'm definitely making it again! I topped with chimichurri sauce and I'm deciding if I really need seconds or if I just can't stop eating this. Thank you for this recipe!

The Sophisticated Caveman

Monday 10th of February 2020

Oooh yummy addition with the chimichurri!! So glad you enjoyed!

Bethany

Wednesday 6th of September 2017

Love that this is healthy and yet looks so pretty and flavorful!

The Sophisticated Caveman

Wednesday 6th of September 2017

Thank you, Bethany! I may be a little bit biased, but I think it does taste as good as it looks ;)