Good morning fellow wictches! Here is my picadillo recipe. I had a bunch of really good pictures, but let's say I have issues with my picture taking and downloading skills. So you will have to use your imagination for some of this, but since I'm sure you have all cooked at some point in your lives you don't need to have pictures of onions and garlic and such.
1 1/2 lbs of ground beef (I purchase whatever is on sale)
3 cloves of garlic (minced),
1 medium onion diced
1 small green pepper (diced)
1 small can of tomato sauce.
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. Complete Seasoning (Badia brand) this is found in the latin section of your food market
if you can't find that use Adobo. Adobo has a more salt though.
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
1 Bay leaf
Salt to taste
You don't have to dice everything if you don't want to, I just throw everything into a chopper and let it become mush. Kids can't pick out stuff they don't like if they can't see it!
Saute oinions, garlic, green peppers in olive oil over medium high heat.
Add your ground beef and brown, towards the end of browning add your oregano, cumin, salt, and Complete Seasoning or Adobo. Once beef is browned add your tomato sauce, olives and bay leaf. Stir and cover, cook for 30 minutes over low heat. It should look like this. Taste, and add whatever seasonings you want more of. Addint more of the seasonings will not hurt it, just go easy on the salt. Now don't freak out about the grease and oil in the pan. I strain the sauce out and let cool.
It was really yummy! Now if you double your beef increase your seasonings because this meal freezes beautifully. Cook once eat twice. Less effort, less electricity.
You can use this dish for tacos, just remove the olives and stuff beef into the taco or maybe a burrito, add your salsa and cheese whatever you like. You didn't have to buy the seasoning packet with all that junk in it. You can also serve this over spaghetti and pour your favorite sauce on top! Ah...Cuban style spaghetti! Oh and remember to remove the bay leaf!