A simple but versatile recipe for Picadillo composed of ground beef and ground pork, almonds, tomatoes, raisins and other seasonings. Makes a great dip, salad topping, or entree over rice.
If you’re Cuban, Phillipino, or from another Latin American country, you probably recognize Picadillo (pee-kah-DEE-yoh) as a traditional dish. I suspect it may be like chili in America. Because it is so popular, everybody makes it, and everybody has their own version according to their country of origin and the way their mama did it.
From what I hear, Picadillo often contains green olives, but mine does not. On the other hand, my version includes raisins and almonds which are optional. Spices seem to vary widely from recipe to recipe, as you can imagine.
I like to make a big batch of picadillo and freeze it in smaller portions to use in burritos or to pour over my salad-in-a-jar instead of salad dressing. Or, try making the baked shells seen above with instructions here, filling them with lettuce and then a few spoonfuls of picadillo, topped with tomatoes and avocados, if desired. Lately, I’ve taken to pouring picadillo over Recipe Girl’s coconut rice, or my own Cilantro and Hominy Rice.
I’ve been a tiny bit distracted here lately by the little punkin pictured below. As a result, my stock of frozen Picadillo has gotten low. Perhaps you can understand.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup chopped onions (I always used frozen onions)
- 1 cup chopped red bell peppers (can sub pimientos)
- 1-14 ounce can whole tomatoes
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup jarred, pickled, jalapenos, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup slivered almonds (I like them toasted)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (optional, but good if you walk on the spicy side)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 to 1 cup water
- Brown ground meat. Drain off fat.
- Add onions and red bell peppers. Continue to saute for a couple minutes.
- Pour tomatoes over meat mixture. Break up tomatoes with wooden spoon. (It's not a sin to use diced tomatoes if you prefer.)
- Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 20-30 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 488 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 100mg Sodium: 394mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 15g Protein: 33g
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