Beef · Entree

Cuban Picadillo

Paleo Cuban Picadillo

Seems like every Latin country has a different idea of what a picadillo should be like.  In Costa Rica, where I grew up, a picadillo is made with diced potatoes, plantain or chayotes,  mixed with ground or shredded beef or chicken.  In Spain it is more like a salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions and the Cuban picadillo is made with ground beef, onions, tomato, olives and a few spices.

Soon I will be sharing the Spanish picadillo recipe with you, but the next recipe in Edible Harmony’s culinary pipeline is grain-free empanadas filled with this picadillo, they are similar to the sweet plantain empanadas I posted last week, but these will be savory and crispy. Stay tuned!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of preferred cooking oil or fat (I used non-hydrogenated lard)
1 lb of grass-fed ground beef
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
½ cup of tomato paste *
12 -15 red bell pepper stuffed green olives
2 tsp of cumin
2 tsp of dry oregano
¼ to ½ cup of red wine, beef broth or water
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 diced carrots
1 bay leave
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • In a large skillet, brown the onions in the oil, over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground beef and carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes, while stirring and breaking down the big clusters of meat.
  • Add the bell pepper, tomato paste, wine and spices and continue to cook covered, over medium heat, until the meat is done and the vegetables are tender
  • Add the olives and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, let stand for 5-10 minutes and serve

*Remember that canned tomatoes often contain a lot of BPAs, the acidity of the tomatoes causes the BPAs from the can to leach into the food. Try to use homemade tomato paste or the kind that comes in glass jars.

Cuban Picadillo

Recipe Type: Paleo Entree
Author: Edible Harmony
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp of preferred cooking oil or fat (I used non-hydrogenated lard)
  • 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup of tomato paste *
  • 12 -15 red bell pepper stuffed green olives
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of dry oregano
  • ¼ to ½ cup of red wine, beef broth or water
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 1 bay leave
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the onions in the oil, over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the ground beef and carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes, while stirring and breaking down the big clusters of meat.
  3. Add the bell pepper, tomato paste, wine and spices and continue to cook covered, over medium heat, until the meat is done and the vegetables are tender
  4. Add the olives and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, let stand for 5-10 minutes and serve

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Cuban Picadillo

  1. I was looking for a bean-less chili recipe or a way to use up my frozen garden peppers when I found your recipe. Seeing how you used carrots, garlic, and onion, all items I have plenty of in storage from the garden, had me really excited. I made the recipe as-is using home made beef broth for the liquid and lard from pastured pigs. WOW. Super glad I found this recipe. Tastes amazing all by itself. It reminds me of a flavorful marinara meat sauce. I can’t wait to try it with noodles and as a stuffing in empanadas! Well done! Next year I’ll learn to make tomato paste as another way to preserve my bumper crop of tomatoes, so the only ingredients I’ll need to buy from the store are the cumin, bay leaves, olives, salt, and pepper. I love recipes that make great use of veggies from the garden and meat from the grass-fed quarter cow we purchase twice a year. Please don’t take my comment as braggy, I’m just a nutritionist trying to inspire others, and using the best ingredients possible will make the dish taste even better, while respecting the animals we consume. Do the best you can with what you have though! Thank you for this wonderful recipe, it will be in our rotation from this point forward!

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