Hey, What’s Cookin’?
Today’s Recipe of the Week offering is Picadillo, a versatile Latin-American stew with lots of warm spices and a great flavor. Picadillo is versatile in that you can use any ground meat or poultry your family likes best; beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. It comes together fairly quickly so it could be a weeknight or a weekend meal. It’s also a great choice for meal prepping. It freezes well, so you can take advantage of a great sale on ground meat, cook it up using this recipe, and freeze it. Imagine being able to just thaw and heat this hearty Picadillo on a super-busy day when you have no time to cook!
Adapted from: a recipe from NYT Cooking
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs cumin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, turkey, chicken, or pork
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (low sodium is a good choice)
- 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup raisins; golden or dark
- 2/3 cup pitted stuffed green olives, sliced (black olives are okay, too!)
- 6 cups cooked cauliflower rice
- Heat 1 tbs of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add onions; cook until they have started to soften, approximately 6-10 minutes. Add a light drizzle of oil if they get too dry during cooking.
- Add the minced garlic, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and nutmeg, and cook 1-2 minute more. Remove onions/garlic to a holding dish.
- Add the remaining olive oil and ground beef to the same skillet, breaking up the meat as it browns. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Return the cooked onions/garlic to the skillet. Add the tomatoes, vinegar and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
- Cover, reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
- Uncover the pan, and add the raisins and olives. Re-cover and allow the mixture to simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Serve the picadillo over the cauliflower rice.
- Looking for a side dish? Sauteed zucchini and yellow squash or steamed carrots (or BOTH!) would be delicious!
If you are pressed for time a green salad is a great choice, too!
Photograph via Pinterest