Picadillo Cuban Recipe

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When I thought about what to share in today’s cooking with kids post only one recipe came to mind when I thought about O is for Olives.  Yep, Picadillo!  Growing up with a multicultural family I got to taste what I think is the best of many worlds.  I am a big fan of Cuban food. Picadillo is one of the dishes my mom made for us growing up.  We would eat it at my grandparent’s house when we visited too. Since this dish makes me think of family, I called my mom and we planned a day to cook together with the kids.  Sharing a little of our Cuban culture with them and making memories with the kids in the kitchen.  Our Picadillo n Col n Papas Fritas (per my mom) came out amazing!  We all had a great time together cooking in the kitchen.

 

Picadillo Cuban Recipe

 

 

 

Picadillo Cuban Recipe

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Ingredients/what we used:

 

ground beef

 

1-2 cans tomato sauce- depends on how much ground beef you use.  We used one can for a lot of meat. I think we used one 8 oz can- Hunt’s Tomato Sauce 8 Oz. 100% Natural – 6 Pack

 

chopped up onion

 

garlic powder- McCormick Garlic Powder,3.12 ounce

 

adobo seasoning- Goya Adobo Seasoning Without Pepper 28 Ounces

 

olives

 

raisins

 

cabbage

 

olive oil

Picadillo Cuban Recipe How to make:

 

Place a skillet on the stove.  Make sure it has a lid that fits on it.  You will need this later.  Add a little olive oil to the pan.  Put heat on med-high.  Add chopped onions and cook.

 

Now add ground beef.  I take the spatula and chop up the ground beef while it cooks.  While the meat is cooking add adobo and garlic powder.  The kids had so much fun sprinkling the seasonings. Both my 2yr and 4yr sons were helpers today.

 

Cook meat until brown.  Now strain the meat and onions to remove grease.

 

Place the meat and onions back on the stove at med-high.  Now add the tomato sauce. Little brother was right there to add the sauce.

 

Now beware! My kids fought over who would add the raisins and olives.  They both wanted to add them all.  We spilt them up and let each do half.  So get as many olives and raisin as you like added to the mix.

 

Chop up some of the cabbage and place it around the dish.  See step 6. above.  Now this is when the lid to your pan comes in handy.  Place the lid on the pan and steam the cabbage.

 

My grandfather always added  Papas Fritas to his dish.

 

How to make the papa fritas:

Take 3 potatoes and peel.  Now take a cheese shredder and shred the potatoes onto a plate.  Get a skillet out and add oil (we used canola oil).  Turn it to high heat to start.  When the grease is hot turn down to med, or med-high.  Add the shredded potatoes and fry.

 

cooking with kids

 

Since today is all about O is for Olives I made sure we got a good picture of the olives going in the dish.

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Cuban food perfection in my book!

 

Picadillo Cuban Recipe cooking with kids

Fun fact:

Picadillo means minced.

 

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Picadillo Cuban Recipe
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Ingredients
  • ground beef
  • 1-2 cans tomato sauce- depends on how much ground beef you use.
  • chopped up onion
  • garlic powder
  • adobo seasoning- Goya Adobo Seasoning Without Pepper 28 Ounces
  • olives
  • raisins
  • cabbage
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place a skillet on the stove. Make sure it has a lid that fits on it. You will need this later. Add a little olive oil to the pan. Put heat on med-high. Add chopped onions and cooked.
  2. Now add ground beef. I take the spatula and chop up the ground beef while it cooks. While the meat is cooking add adobo and garlic powder. The kids had so much fun sprinkling the seasonings. Both my 2yr and 4yr sons were helpers today.
  3. Cook meat until brown. Now strain the meat and onions to remove grease.
  4. Place the meat and onions back on the stove at med-high. Now add the tomato sauce. Little brother was right there to add the sauce.
  5. Now beware my kids fought over who would add the raisins and olives. They both wanted to add them all. We spilt them up and let each do half. So get as many olives and raisin as you like added to the mix.
  6. Chop up some of the cabbage and place it around the dish. See step 6. above. Now this is when the lid to your pan comes in handy. Place the lid on the pan and steam the cabbage.
  7. My grandfather always added Papas Fritas to his dish.
  8. How to make the papa fritas:
  9. Take 3 potatoes and peel. Now take a cheese shredder and shred the potatoes onto a plate. Get a skillet out and add oil (we used canola oil). Turn it to high heat to start. When the grease is hot turn down to med, or med-high. Add the shredded potatoes and fry.

 

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