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Picadillo, which means “small bits and pieces,” is a sweet-and-savory spiced ground-meat mixture from Latin America. Serve with warm corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas.

photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 2 eggs, (optional)

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, or ground turkey breast

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  1. 4 servings, 1 cup each

  2. If using eggs, place in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes. Drain; let cool; peel and slice.

  3. Meanwhile, cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling it with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain off fat.

  4. Add oil to the skillet. Add onion, 1/4 cup scallions and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add raisins, olives, tomato paste, water and the browned meat; stir to blend. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season with pepper. Garnish with the remaining scallions and the hard-cooked eggs, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (with beef)
312 Calories
25g Carbohydrates
13g Fat
3g Saturated Fat
7g Monounsaturated Fat
27g Protein
70mg Cholesterol
4g Dietary Fiber
757mg Potassium
558mg Sodium
0g Added Sugars
1 other carbohydrate
1 vegetable
4 lean meat Exchanges
1 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings
Iron (25% daily value)
Vitamin A (20% dv)
Vitamin C (15% dv).
Per serving (with turkey)
277 calories
9 g fat (0 g sat
5 g mono)
45 mg cholesterol
25 g carbohydrate
30 g protein
4 g fiber
548 mg sodium.

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