In a large, heavy-bottomed casserole, heat the oil over medium heat until fragrant, then brown the beef on all sides. Reduce the heat to low, add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring, until the onions are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the plantains and parsley, cover, and simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently. Add more stock if necessary. 2. Cut the tips off the plantains, peel, and slice 1 inch thick. Add them to the casserole and cook over low heat, until the plantains are tender, another 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer the stew to a serving bowl, sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot. Makes 6 to 8 servings
Mary Urrutia Randelman "Memories of a Cuban Kitchen"