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Cooking at Home - Picadillo

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Plate on a placemat of picadillo on a bed of rice with green beans. A fork and glass of sliced strawberries are next to the plate.

Makes: 4 Servings

Cook Time:2 5 minutes

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

This recipe starts with seasoned and browned ground beef simmered with tomatoes and beans and is finished with a mix of olives and raisins. Served over rice, this flavorful dish makes a quick and easy meal.


  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion (peeled and diced)
  • 1 bell pepper (cored, seeded, and diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 pound lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 can 14.5 ounce low-sodium diced tomatoes (including liquid)
  • 1 can 15.5 ounce low-sodium black beans (drained and rinsed with cold water)
  • 1/4 cup green olives (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup raisins


Prepare the Rice: 

  1. Cook as instructed on the package.
  2. Set aside.

Prepare the Picadillo:

  1. Place the skillet on the stove over medium heat and when hot, add oil. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir about 10 minutes until the onion is softened and lightly browned.
  2. Add oregano, cumin, pepper, and salt, and stir well.
  3. Add beef, in small amounts. Stir well and cook about 5 minutes until the beef is cooked throughout.
  4. Add beans and tomatoes and simmer about 15 minutes until mixture blends together.
  5. Add olives and raisins. Stir well and cook about 2 minutes until heated through.
  6. Serve over rice or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Serve with avocado, if desired.


  • Dried cranberries can be used instead of raisins.

Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup

Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 463
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 42 mg
Sodium 490 mg
Carbohydrates 71 g
Dietary Fiber 13 g
Total Sugars 11 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 31 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Calcium 127 mg
Iron 5 mg
Potassium 1015 mg