Picadillo, a flavorful Cuban dish made with ground beef and a sauce made from simmering tomatoes, green olives, bell peppers, cumin, and spices is one of my family’s favorite weeknight meals.
Trust me on this one, if you want a recipe the whole family will love, this is it! I grew up on this dish and my friends used to love eating over when my mom made it for dinner. This was probably one of the first recipes I ever learned how to cook and I make it at least once a month, although usually on the stove. (stove top version here) It’s inexpensive, kid-friendly, freezer friendly and gluten-free.
I knew this would adapt nicely for the slow cooker, and I was right! In fact, I think it’s even better since the lean beef cooks longer and becomes very tender the longer it simmers.
This makes a lot, so you’ll get several meals out of it. We serve it
over brown rice, we make tacos with the leftovers, and I am going to
post a second recipe using the leftovers. Don’t you love a recipe that
can serve as two different meals!
Anytime you use ground beef in the crock pot, you’ll need to brown it first on the stove. Since the skillet is already out, I threw the onions, peppers and garlic in with the meat to let the flavors bloom.
If you want to prep this the night before, the meat is fully cooked, so you can add all the ingredients into the crock pot, then refrigerate. The next morning plug it in and go to work, or go on with your day. When you come home, you’ll just have to make some rice and a salad and dinner is ready!
By the way, lean beef is the meat of choice for this dish in my house, but you can also use lean bison or ground turkey if desired. Raisins are commonly added to this dish, but we prefer this without.
Yield: 11 servings, Serving Size: 1/2 cup