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.

Recipe by Southern Living September 2003


Recipe Summary

Makes 6 servings


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; calories from fat 29%; fat 5.6g; saturated fat 2.2g; mono fat 2.4g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 14.5g; carbohydrates 17g; fiber 2.2g; cholesterol 22mg; iron 2.7mg; sodium 351mg; calcium 39mg.