Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Picadillo

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Had enough of mango recipes here at Frugal Follies?  I figured I'd lay off them for now.

Here's what I made for dinner on Tuesday night: Picadillo.  It's a Cuban stew of ground beef, tomatoes, peppers, onions, olives, and raisins.

I first found this dish at a favorite Spanish/Mexican/Cuban restaurant we often dine at.  After ordering it, I realized how easy to make it appeared to be.  So I tried it at home.  I tinkered with the seasonings, and I think I have a pretty yummy dish now.  Plus, it's quite frugal!  I put in the recipe to use 1 pound of ground beef, but you can cut that down and add more veggies if you wish.


2 tbsp canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 14-oz can chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup small green olives with pimentos
1/4 cup raisins
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.  Saute the onion for 2-3 minutes, or until translucent.  Add the green pepper to the onion and saute for another 2-3 minutes.  Add the chopped garlic and saute for one minute more.  Remove the vegetables and place in a bowl, keeping the oil in the pan.

Saute the ground beef until it is no longer pink.  Add back the vegetables into the pan.  Add the tomatoes, olives, raisins, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon, and stir.  Turn heat to high until the sauce is boiling.  Turn down to medium-low heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over brown rice.  Makes 4-6 servings.

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Unknown June 23, 2011 at 1:01 AM  

That looks wonderful. I will have to try it! I linked up two this week from a new feature I'm doing called "dinner from this week's deals" and I include the coupon/non-coupon cost break down to show how cheap it is to eat "in". =)

Unknown June 24, 2011 at 3:03 AM  

love that!

happy FTF!

here's my entry:

hope to see yah, thanks!

Tetcha June 24, 2011 at 6:42 AM  

I love picadillo, too! I should whip up this dish one of these days. I hope you can visit my FTF entry, too. Thanks!

Miz Helen June 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM  

I am sharing my Pickle Pot at your party. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

carolinaheartstrings June 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM  

I have never had this and always wanted to try it. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it.

Cheerful June 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM  

i love picadillo and this reminds me that i need to do this soon! thanks for sharing and wishing you a great weekend! :)

Swathi June 28, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

Looks delicious dish I haven't tried picadillo. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul hop.

Grandma Bonnie June 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

This looks delicious.
New follower from What's cooking Wednesday.
Hope you follow back.

Leah Beyer July 2, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

What an interesting array of flavor combinations! Love the way this sounds. I have never even heard of a picadillo, but now can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up to Hunk of Meat Monday!

Rustown Mom October 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM  

This picadillo is excellent! Even my picky eaters enjoyed it! Yum. Thanks for the great recipe (:

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