Simmering Sunday - Ground Beef Picadillo (Cuban Food)

Ground Beef Picadillo
This is probably my second favorite recipe to make at home. It is flavorful, robust and soulful. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you would like. Enjoy!

Ground Beef Picadillo

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 or 2 packets of Sazón Seasoning
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
1 tsp. Minced Garlic or 2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 (8 ounce) can Tomato Sauce
1 can (8 - 12 ounces) of Stewed Tomatoes
1/4 cup Red Dry Red Wine or Red Cooking Wine (I like to use the same wine I am drinking - just pour it in your pot)
1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Pimientos, diced
1/4 cup Pitted Spanish Olives, sliced
2 cups of Minute Rice (White or Brown)

* Note: For heat you can add crushed red pepper or diced jalapeno peppers to the dish while it is simmering.

  • Brown the meat until thoroughly cooked and set aside.
  • In a skillet, heat oil on medium. Stir in the chopped onions, diced green pepper and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender and just slightly colored.
  • Stir in the meat, oregano tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, wine, vinegar, water, pimientos and olives.
  • Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  • While the Picadillo is simmering, prepare the minute rice. Cover and set aside. 
  • When the food has finished cooking - prepare each bowl with a big scoop of rice and pour the Picadillo over the top of it. Voilà!
This recipe makes a lot of food so don't forget to share it with those you love. Bon Appétit! :-)

* This dish is great with red wine.

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