Sunday, July 28, 2013


Picadillo is a traditional Latin dish. This dish is one of my all time favorites! It's easy to make and has amazing flavor. One of my best friends got me hooked on this dish far before I knew the power of a vegetable. Oddly enough, this particular friend can't even successfully cook a frozen lasagna, but somehow she manages to make a mean picadillo dish along with homemade chips!
Finely chopped veggies are the essence of this dish.
Basamati rice is a key ingredient. The brand above is the best out there. I've tried several and none of them stand up to this one. No matter what brand of rice you choose, be sure it's basamati and rinse the rice when it's done cooking.

The finished product!

1lb Ground beef
3-4 serano peppers (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 red onion
1/2 clove of garlic
1  jar small green olives
1 can tomato paste
1 can black beans
olive oil
salt & pepper
celery salt
red pepper flakes

Cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Rinse rice when fully cooked.

Season the hamburger with celery salt, basil, red pepper flakes and cumin. Dice all vegetables. Put 1-2T. in pan. Cook all peppers, onions, garlic, and black beans. Season the veggies with salt & pepper. In a separate pan, cook the hamburger. Once hamburger is fully cooked add the veggies, strained green olives and tomato paste. You may need to add water or tomato sauce in addition to the tomato paste, dependent upon the consistency you'd like. I added a can of water.  Serve the mixture atop a bed of rice and enjoy!