Pabellon is the Venezuelan national dish made with shredded beef, white rice, black beans and fried plantains and without a doubt is my favorite. Breakfast, lunch or dinner – I can eat it every day!
The traditional way of shredding the beef after you boil it is by using your hands or two forks and it’s a lot of effort. Here’s a tip – if you cut the meat about 2 inches wide and put it in batches in the cake mixer, you can shred the beef in no time!
Nowadays, we use the Instant Pot (thanks to our dear friend @beamblossom) to cook the beef and the black beans really quickly. The secret of the flavor is in the sofrito, that is the sauteed minced veggies and spices that give the unique tang to the Pabellon.
Years ago I was flying from London to Miami and the guy sitting next to me told me he loves to cook. He is from Scotland and he asked me what is the Venezuelan popular dish, so I told him about Pabellon. He asked me if I could email the recipes and I did. A couple of months later, I got an email from the Scottish guy saying he participated in a cooking contest in his hometown, he made the Pabellon and he won!!!
If you want to try making it, I’d be happy to share the recipe with you.