Becky Luigart-Stayner
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

This flavorful dish is packed with nutritious veggies like carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes. Serve picadillo over brown rice for a pleasing meal that's quick and simple to prepare.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Remove from pan; drain well.

Step 2

Add oil to pan. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add bell peppers and carrot; sauté 3 minutes. Return beef to pan. Stir in raisins and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves.

Ratings & Reviews

SoFLEatz's Review

October 23, 2013
With a few minor tweaks and additions this turned out delicious!! I used Pomi chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce, added 1/2 cup of Goya Sofrito, dashed a little bit of Cholula Hot Sauce (maybe 3/4 tsp.) on top, added 1 tbsp cumin, upped the wine to a cup, upped the garlic to 3 cloves and didn't add any balsamic at all... Then let it simmer in the crock pot for a couple of hours on low. Also made cauliflower rice instead of regular rice for a lower carb dinner. (Here's a link to the "rice" recipe:

HelloHowAreYou's Review

November 03, 2014
so, so, soooo easy to make and YUMMY!! i served this with a chipotle lime sweet potato recipe that i also found on cooking light and it went VERY well together!! i added more wine and balsamic than the recipe called for (i like my picadillo a little bit saucy) and it was amazing. will definitely make again and again. thanks!! :)

jlee07's Review

April 25, 2012
We are on an eating healthy kick and this was a great flavorful meal! I served the picadillo over brown rice with garlic spinach. It was easy to make and tasted delicious. Next time to make it even more healthy I will try it with ground turkey. Before I browned the meat I softened some of the onions to give the meat more flavor when browning. I also added a little garlic powder as I read some people thought the meat was bland. Once everything was in the pot I let it simmer for about 1.5 hours. I also didn’t have any extra tomato sauce on hand and just used 1 can of diced tomatoes. It turned out great and I will definitely be making this again.

lisawrites's Review

March 04, 2012
My family really enjoys this recipe. I drain the beef and then add the ingredients. I don't remove the beef and add it back in. This streamlines the cooking a little. It also lends itself to other additions. Last night I doubled the peppers since I had more on hand, used a few more olives, and added 1 Cup of chopped fresh parsley. I always double the garlic. The blend of lightly sweet with savory is great in this recipe.

Moppertal's Review

February 27, 2012
This recipe is delicious of course, so if you just wanted to make something that tastes good, then this is it by far! Although the taste was scrumptious as ever, it took a while to prepare, and all the quick transitions between sauteeing, simmering, and boiling made it a bit stressful. Unlike others, I think this could be a formal main course if you spruce it up a bit with some mint, red peppers, whatever sounds delish! Really, the work is kind of worth it! Overall review: great taste (-;, stressful preperance )-:

Missing something...

October 02, 2015
Prepared for my family without the olives and substituted beef broth for wine. It was very filling meal for a chilly evening, but it seemed like something was missing. I would prepare it again, but would brown the meat along with the onion and garlic for more flavor and would probably add in more seasonings like chilly powder or basil. Love the idea of adding in spinach too!

Taylors's Review

November 03, 2014
Simple yet flavorful.

MaGee09's Review

June 24, 2013

bumbul's Review

March 21, 2012
Prepared the recipe last night with a few little tweaks: 1) added 1/3 C chopped sundried tomatoes; 2) substituted low-sodium chicken broth for the wine and added 1/3 C fresh carrot juice.

michelenthx's Review

February 07, 2012
Quick, easy and delicious! Great way to get your vegetables in.