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Healthy Picadillo

Healthy Picadillo

cuban picadillo 1 cup finely chopped onion $ 1 pound ground turkey $ 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup low-salt beef broth 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pimiento-stuffed olives 3 tablespoons capers 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cups hot cooked rice Parsley sprigs (optional)

  • Yield: 8 servings ( Serving Size: 3/4 cup )
  • Prep time:30 Minutes
  • Cook time:30 Minutes


  • 1 pound(s) ground beef
  • 1 cup(s) onion finely chopped
  • 3 clove(s) Garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup(s) Leeks sliced and chopped
  • 2/3 cup(s) matchstick carrots chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) red cabbage sliced and chopped
  • 1/3 cup(s) pimiento-stuffed olives coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup(s) raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayanne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) paprika
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cumin
  • 1 teaspoon(s) garlic salt
  • 1/2 can(s) fire roasted crushed tomatos chopped - regular sized can
  • 1 cup(s) low-salt beef broth
  • 1/2 can(s) tomato sauce small can
  • 1/2 cup(s) cup finely chopped cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 whole(s) limes cut into 8 wedges


prepare all of the ingredients and measure out spices

In a very large skillet

lightly brown the meat, garlic , onions and leek over medium heat

once the meat is mostly browned add the carrots and red cabbage

cook for another 3 minutes

add the spices, raisins and olives

cook for another 3 minutes.

Taste and add more spices as needed - be careful - as the tomato sauce and beef broth add more salt and all of the flavors will concentrate and intensify as it cooks.

add the crushed tomatos, tomato sauce and beef broth and stir well to combine all of the flavors.

Simmer on medium to medium low for 12 to15 minutes - there should still be some sauce and moisture, but it should be thick (think sloppy joe's)

Turn off and let cool slightly

server over brown rice or in lettuce wraps with chopped cilantro on top and a squeeze of lime juice

This recipe freezes well - I double or tripple it - cook it on batches or in 2 skillets and freeze in individual servings for easy lunches and dinners

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