Classic Picadillo

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Active Time

25 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes

Serving Size



  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 limes, for juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 oz trinity mix (diced fresh onions, bell peppers, and celery)
  • 1 ½ lb lean ground beef (7% fat)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ½ cup sliced, stuffed green olives
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. Preheat large, nonstick sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Chop garlic; juice limes (2 tablespoons). Place oil in pan, then add trinity mix; cook 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and beginning to brown. Stir in garlic; cook 1–2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add beef, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper; cook 6–8 minutes, stirring to crumble, until no pink remains and beef is 160°F. Reduce heat to low; stir in tomato sauce, lime juice, olives, raisins, and capers. Cover and simmer 20–25 minutes until sauce has thickened. Serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per ¼ recipe serving: Calories 470, Total Fat 23g, Sat Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0g, Chol 145mg, Sodium 650mg, Carb 20g, Fiber 4g, Total Sugars 14g (Incl. 0g Added Sugars), Protein 46g, Vit D 0%, Calc 6%, Iron 40%, Potas 25%