Easy Cuban Picadillo
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 small green pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 cups hot cooked rice
- Fresh cilantro leaves, optional
- In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with pepper and onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, olives, raisins and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until raisins are softened, 5-6 minutes.
- Serve with rice. If desired, top with fresh cilantro to serve.
Nutrition Facts1 cup beef mixture with 1/2 cup rice: 363 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 683mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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Sep 26, 2018
This recipe was so easy to make! Flavors went together perfectly! A great weeknight dish!
Feb 27, 2018
I added garlic, bay leaf, cumin and a can of drained black beans. It was great!!!
Aug 6, 2017
Like some other reviewers, I didn't think that a recipe this easy could taste this good. I was wrong! My husband and I both loved it. Flavorful but not overpowering. I might use a dash of red pepper flakes next time I make this dish but it stands well as written. I used 93% lean ground beef so there was no fat to drain off. Supper can be ready, start to finish, in half an hour!
Sep 21, 2016
I was kinda skeptical because this looked so easy and didn't have additional spices... but it was a big hit! I added additional veggies like jalape?o, garlic and green tomato cuz I could. The only thing I would change would be to add more raisins. This was bangin'.
Jul 7, 2013
Very good! I don't know why I was afraid to make this for years!
Sep 15, 2012
Tried this for the first time yesterday. Loved it. I added a little garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes. Served it with brown rice. Will definitely make this again.
Oct 28, 2011
Loved it! Definitely a keeper to make over and over again!
Sep 7, 2011
This is a great recipe to add to rotation. Debated about adding the raisins, but glad I did, very tasty. I don't digest green peppers well so I didn't add them, and I didn't think to add different color peppers as previous users. I tasted the mixer once ready, but I added the following: a pinch or 1/4 tsp of cumin, a packet of clear Sazon, then some cracked pepper, & sea salt (didn't add as much olives as recipe called for). Taste was even more enhanced. I also added a half a (tomato) can or 4oz. of water to loosen up the gravy a bit. Since we had rice yesterday, I accompanied this mix with real mashed potatoes. I served it sort of shephard pie style, just not baked. I'm thinking of making this with mashed yuca next time, yummy. Husband loved this new recipe :)
Aug 31, 2010
This is one of our favorites now. The flavor combination of the olives and raisens sounded odd to me, but it is actually quite good. I also add colored peppers and usually serve it with brown rice.
Mar 22, 2010
This is really, really good for such simple ingredients. I was expecting it to be rather boring but it is great. It is now in my regular rotation. I have used different colored peppers, and yellow and red onions, all with good results.