Lettuce-Wrapped Picadillo

Southern Living
Pronounced pee-cah-DEE-yo, this warm and zesty ground beef mixture is very tasty rolled in crisp iceberg lettuce leaves. Also try it in whole wheat tortillas layered with fat-free refried beans, fat-free sour cream, and your favorite salsa.
Makes 6 servings


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1 pound extra-lean ground beef*
2 garlic cloves, minced
Vegetable cooking spray
1/2 (10-ounce) package frozen onion-and-pepper medley, thawed
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Iceberg lettuce leaves
Lime wedges (optional)


Cook ground beef and minced garlic in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain and pat with paper towels.

Add onion-and-pepper medley to skillet; cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until onions are tender.

Stir in beef mixture, raisins, and next 5 ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Serve beef mixture in lettuce leaves. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

*Lean ground pork may be substituted for extra-lean ground beef. Use trimmed boneless pork loin chops; cut into chunks, and process in food processor until ground. Cook according to recipe.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used McKenzie's Seasoning Blend. If you can't find it in your market, substitute 1 onion, chopped; 1 green bell pepper, chopped; and 1 celery rib, chopped.

Created date

September 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 175
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 5.6 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 2.4 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 14.5 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 2.2 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Iron 2.7 mg
Sodium 351 mg
Calcium 39 mg