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Beef Picadillo Recipe Photo. Image of beef picadillo on a white plate, with a white background.

Picadillo is a delicious stew made with ground beef, tomatoes, and other ingredients. It is a popular dish in South American countries and the Caribbean. It traditionally contains raisins. (Did you know ¼ cup dried fruits, like raisins, fulfills 1 serving of a fruit?) Serve it over rice or as a filling in tacos.

6 Servings
Cooking time
20 minutes
1/2 C brown rice (long grain, uncooked)
1 C water
16 oz lean ground beef (or turkey)
1 1/4 C onion (diced)
1 C bell pepper
1 clv garlic
1/3 C diced tomatoes (canned, no salt added with juices)
1 C tomato sauce (no salt added)
1/4 C raisins (seedless, unpacked)
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp cilantro (fresh, chopped - optional)

1. Combine brown rice and water in a small pot. Stir once.

2. Heat on medium-high heat to a rolling boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook until water is absorbed, 15–20 minutes. Fluff the rice gently with a fork.

3. Heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat. Brown ground beef. Drain off any excess grease.

4. Add onions and bell peppers, sauté on medium high heat until onions and bell peppers are soft, about 5 minutes.

5. Add garlic to ground beef. Stir frequently until garlic is cooked through, about 2 minutes.

6. Add diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, raisins, oregano, and cumin. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.

7. Serve ½ cup picadillo over ¼ cup rice. Garnish with 1 teaspoon cilantro (optional).

Per Serving: Calories 198, Carbohydrates 29.8 g, Protein 15.3 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 50 mg, Fiber 3 g, Sugars 12 g