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Baked Stuffed Papayas (Jamaica)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (12 ounce) papayas
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook and stir beef, onion and garlic in 10-inch skillet over medium heat until beef is light brown; drain. Stir in tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, salt and pepper; break up tomatoes with fork. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  2. Cut papayas lengthwise into halves; remove seeds. Place about 1/3 cup beef mixture in each papaya half; sprinkle with cheese. Arrange in shallow roasting pan. Pour very hot water into pan to within 1 inch of tops of papaya halves.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F until papayas are very tender and hot, about 30 minutes.