Picadillo Recipe Vegetarian or Beef Versions

This is a delicious picadillo recipe.

Picadillo is a traditional dish in Cuba.

This recipe covers beef and vegetarian versions.

For those for whom soy is unsuitable, simply substitute with ground bison (or beefalo or beef preferably from animals raised on grass without antibiotics.

This will boost the amount of protein in the food counts.

If you would like to read more in depth about healthy eating, see our recommended reading list further down this page.

Picadillo Recipe Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped

1 frozen box of Boca Crumbles (or equivalent)

Or simply use one-and-one-half pounds of ground meat.

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

1 (16 or 14.5 ounce) can peeled & diced tomatoes including fluid

½ cup raisins

1 (5.75 ounce) jar sliced Spanish green, pimento-stuffed olives (drained)

Picadillo Recipe Method

You will need a large iron skillet.

(a) Heat oil in skillet.

(b) Saute onion several minutes until soft but not brown.

(c) Stir in all other ingredients.

(d) Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about twenty minutes.

Yield: about 6 cups.

It's a variation of the national dish of Cuba. If you like olives, we predict you'll find it delicious!

The food counts are listed as follows.

Total calories / grams of proteins / grams of carbs / grams of fat (grams of saturated facts, if any).

Carbs listed are "net."

Serving suggestions: stuff picadillo into parboiled shells of red or green bell peppers and bake them in a 350 F. degree oven until the peppers are soft.

For a cheat day meal, you may serve it over brown rice.

Approximate food counts for 1 cup of picadillo: 225 / 12 / 25 / 10

(As with all recipes, if they are available organic ingredients are a healthy choice and the best choice for our planet.)


More about this recipe

Using this picadillo recipe is a way to be kind to yourself (and loved ones).

For all the benefits to civilization provided by the First Agricultural Revolution, it has proved to be deleterious to our health. Our prehistoric, foraging ancestors did not evolve eating foods such as grains, potatoes, and legumes.

Today those foods provide more calories for humans than any other foods! The result is the epidemic of the diseases of civilization such as coronary heart disease, which is the biggest killer, as well as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and others.

These diseases cause great suffering and many premature deaths -- and that is avoidable simply by eating and moving in ways that our bodies have been designed by nature to eat and move!

So, unless it is for a cheat meal, please be careful about putting picadillo on rice, buns, or other unnatural foods.

Our book reading suggestions for recipes

The books are available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk usually in Kindle and paperback form, and sometimes as hardbacks. If you enjoyed the picadillo recipe page, these books are excellent further reading.

  • Eades and Eades, The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook
  • Cordain, The Paleo Diet Cookbook
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    Another picadillo version

    This completes the page about the picadillo, vegetarian or beef versions. We do hope you enjoy the finished product!

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