Picadillo is one of the great dishes of the Cuban diaspora: a soft, fragrant stew of ground beef and tomatoes, with raisins added for sweetness and olives for salt. Versions of it exist across the Caribbean and into Latin America. This one, based loosely on a recipe that Nitza Villapol published in her cookbook “Cocina Criolla,” in 1954, and helped immeasurably by the advice of the Cuban-American food writer Betty Cortina, combines ground beef with intensely seasoned dried Spanish chorizo in a sofrito of onions, garlic and tomatoes, and scents it with red-wine vinegar, cinnamon and cumin, along with bay leaves and pinches of ground cloves and nutmeg. “Everyone who is of Cuban descent has a recipe for it,” Ms. Cortina said, “and each one of those is the most authentic. It’s a comfort food, probably the
most consummate example of one in Cuban cuisine.”
Put the olive oil in a large, heavy pan set over a medium-high flame, and heat until it begins to shimmer. Add onions and green peppers and saute until tender. Add garlic and stir to combine. Cook approximately 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl.
Add oil to pan. Add the ground beef and brown it while crumbling the meat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Add peppers, onions and garlic. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, vinegar/wine, worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, bay leaves, cloves and nutmeg and stir to combine. Lower the heat, and let the stew simmer, covered, for approximately 30 minutes.
Uncover the pan, and add the raisins, capers and the olives. Allow the stew to cook for another 20 minutes or so, then serve, accompanied by white rice.
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (1882g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 1980 (61%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 220g||293 %|
|Saturated Fat 65g||325 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 118.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 12.8g|
|Cholesterol 616.9mg||190 %|
|Sodium 6273.3mg||216 %|
|Potassium 5303.9mg||140 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 145.9g||43 %|
|Dietary Fiber 24.9g||100 %|
|Sugars, other 121g|
|Protein 182g||260 %|
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Calories per serving: 3230
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