Dominican Food: Hearty, Delicious Recipes

Dominican Cooking CookbookEd. note: The Tiki Tiki asked Clara, the genius behind the Dominican cooking site, Aunt Clara’s Kitchen,  to share some favorite recipes from the Dominican Republic.

To learn more about the typical creole cooking, the pasteles, the rice and beans, sancochos, the mangu of the D.R., plus many more Caribbean food recetas from the D.R., visit her beautiful and popular site.

You also can purchase her cookbook, Aunt Clara’s Dominican Cooking, the first illustrated English-language cookbook highlighting the food of the Dominican. 

Recipes and images shared with permission. Words and photos below by Aunt Clara.



Pastelón de Plátanos (Ripe Plantain Casserole)

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Pastelón de Platano from

I don’t know when is it that our people decided that combining savory and sweet flavors was a good idea. Blessed the moment!

Ripe plantains are not like bananas, they are not meant to be eaten raw, and they are not as sweet, but sweet they are. Combine that with the flavorful beef filling, and the melting cheese on top and you have pure bliss. Another great thing about this dish is that it’s almost a meal in itself, just prepare some fresh salad and you’re done.

For the filling, you may use vegetables, chicken or beef (or just use cheese).

Time: 1 hr. Serves: 4


Before starting to cook: Butter up a 1-inch tall baking pan. Heat up the oven to 350 °F.


Mix meat with pepper, onion, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper and garlic. In a shallow pan heat a tablespoon of oil. Add the ground beef and stir so it cooks uniformly. Add two tablespoons of water and the tomato paste. Let simmer at medium heat. Adjust water when necessary. When the meat is ready let all the liquid evaporate, adjust salt to taste. Turn off the heat and reserve.

Peel the plantains and boil adding 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. When the plantains are very tender turn off the heat. Take the plantains out of the water and mash them with a fork. Add the butter and keep mashing until it is very smooth.

Put half of the plantains mixture in the baking pan. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese and add the meat. Add another third of the cheese, cover with the remaining plantain mixture. Cover with the rest of the cheese. Put in he oven until the top is golden brown.

Serve with a few slices of avocados.


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Dulce de Leche Cortada from

Dulce de Leche Cortada

Dulce de Leche Cortada is a delicious dessert with a touch of sour. It is prepared with curdled milk and its luscious, chewy texture does not detract from its simplicity.

Time: 35 mins. Serves: 4



Mix the milk and egg, stirring until they are well mixed. Sieve to eliminated undisolved egg parts. Mix in cinnamon, lime peels, raisins and sugar and put in a bowl at low heat.

When it breaks a boil add the lime juice one tablespoon at a time in different spots, boil at medium heat, do not stir unless it is sticking to the pot. The milk will eventually curdled and float in thin caramel. Adjust sugar to taste. Turn off the heat and cool to room temperature.

Chill before serving.

More Dominican Desserts We Love

Here’s a taste of some delicious desserts you can find at Aunt Clara’s Kitchen.

Bizcocho Dominicano or Dominican Cake, the center piece of many Dominican celebrations. It is moist, airy and fruit-filled.

Dulce de Leche en Tabla or Milk Fudge Bars, creamy and sweet.

Morir Soñando, Aunt Clara’s version of the traditional Dominican drink whose name translates to “Die Dreaming.” It is a combination of orange juice and evaporated milk. Truly dream-worthy and refreshing.

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By Contributor on October 31, 2011 · Posted in featured, food

11 Comments | Post Comment

Lisa Quinones-Fontanez says:

Pastelón de Plátanos has been on my to do list for years! This may be the year I make it :)

Thanks for the great recipes!

Posted on October 31st, 2011

Ericka says:

These look amazing. I want to make the pastelon de platanos!

Posted on October 31st, 2011

Mercedes @BeChicMag says:

Wow– I just realized that pastelon translates to casserole!

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Presley's Pantry says:

This food just made my mouth water….. I don’t want to buy her book…. I want to eat her cooked meals!

Posted on October 31st, 2011

Sujeiry says:

In feel like I’m in the motherland! Thanks for taking me back to Quisqueya La Bella!

Posted on October 31st, 2011

Helena says:

Ay! Que rico pastelon de Platano. Yum yum yum!! yo quiero
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Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ says:

i couldn’t read this post… i won’t lie… that damn plantain casserole is on the cookery agenda this week. good lawd!

Posted on October 31st, 2011

jenny says:

the plaintain recipe is like an exotic shepherd’s pie! this is such a great post!
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OneBrownGirl says:

Ummmmm. I can’t stand it. My mouth is TOTALLY watering. In Paris thinking about Dominican food. Oh boy.

Posted on November 1st, 2011

Aunt Clara says:

Thank you, thank you. And I am humbled. Genius, seriously? :)
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Morena says:

Thats Dulce de Leche Cortada looks very interesting, unlike anything I’ve seen before. It kinda looks like tofu I guess. Will have to try it, I’m intrigued!

Posted on November 3rd, 2011