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Picadillo- Ground Beef Dish with Tomatoes, Olives and Raisins

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Picadillo is a rich ground beef dish that can be served alone, but is also used as a filling for tamales, empanadas and tacos. Picadillo is enjoyed all over Latin America.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 white or purple onion, sliced
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 jalapenos seeded and diced
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 8 green olives, pitted and sliced into quarters
  • 2 tablespoon of the liquid that comes with the olives
  • 1/4 cup raisins (softened by soaking in warm water for 20 minutes)
  • 1 poblano chile or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 small cone of piloncillo or 1 teaspoon brown sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon molasses.
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cubed* (optional, see below)
  • 1/4 cup oil* (optional for potatoes)


Cook the ground beef, jalapenos and onions over medium heat until the beef is about 1/2 cooked and only some pink remains. Add the garlic and cook for mixture for 2 more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over low heat until the beef is well browned and crumbly and the tomatoes and onions are softened and begin to combine with the other ingredients.

Cook the potatoes in the oil over medium heat in a large pan. When the potatoes have softened and are browned, fold into the beef mixture.

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 5 out of 5
Deliciously Done Well, Member Sophee_67

This is a beautiful dish i can eat a whole bowl if it.Whoever made this dish ? its very delicious,beautiful and just yummy...love it love it and love it :)

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