Picadillo

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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.

Picadillo
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • 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

Directions
  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

Servings
4
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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