Spanish Picadillo Con Arroz

"This is comfort food, from my childhood. It is my mother's wonderful recipe, that was probably passed on from my grandmother. Typically the Picadillo is made with raisins added as well. I have omitted the raisins in this recipe, as we do not care for them. However if you wish you may add a couple of tablespoons of raisins, at the same time you add the olives. This dish is served with the Picadillo on top of the rice. It goes lovely with salad on the side."
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  • In a pot with a lid, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 clove garlic minced, and sauté for 1 minute. Do not brown.
  • Add rice to pan and stir well to combine. Stir constantly until all is coated and hot, about 2 minutes.
  • Add water to rice mixture and bring to a boil. Cover with lid, lower heat to low, and simmer mixture for 20 minutes.
  • Turn off heat, and let set for 5minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large fry pan, heat 3 tbsp olive oil, over medium heat.
  • Add onion, green pepper and 3 cloves minced garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes until onion turns transparent.
  • Add ground beef and brown well, breaking up large pieces. Stir frequently.
  • Add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, and oregano. Stir well to combine.
  • Cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer mixture for 20 minutes.
  • Add olives, salt and pepper and simmer mixture covered for 5 minutes.
  • If mixture is watery, just remove cover and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
  • Serve immediately over the hot cooked white rice.

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  1. This recipe was a delightful find. I grew up in the Tampa, Florida area and frequently dined on fantastic Spanish, Cuban and Italian cuisines. We had shrimp and yellow rice for supper last night with toasted Cuban bread (as made only in Tampa/Ybor City). I've always had a fondness for Picadillo, Ropa Viejo and arroz con pollo; all Spanish foods served around the Tampa area. I had lean ground beef, onions, bell peppers and green olives so I thought of Picadillo con arroz. When I googled the name of the dish, this recipe popped up on the screen. I read it, printed it and made it in about 35-40 minutes. My husband, our son and I enjoyed it very much! It was just what I was looking for and wanted to pass on my compliments to the Expat in Holland for sharing her family recipe. It's fast, easy and economical in a day when very little is! Thank you, thank you!!!
  2. This was delish...couldn't stop eating!!!


2012: This Expat has just moved back home to the good ole USA after living 8 years in the Netherlands. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful family, and many long-time friends, around the world. Now I am making a new life in my new state, Arizona, with lovely new friends, that I am adding to my life and table. As always, cooking remains a constant passion that brings joy to my life and I have re-started my aviation career, another life long passion. As the old old saying goes, and no truer words have been spoken..... Good food, good wine, family and friends truly are the spice of life! Cheers. Whilst living in the Netherlands, it was a big adjustment in country, culture and weather. A great experience to live abroad. You learn so much and it helps make you a more rounded person who appreciates difference. I love to cook and I believe it is in my genetic makeup. I started as a small child helping my mother in the kitchen. She was a fabulous cook and delighted in baking. My grandfather was a baker by trade and made fabulous baked goods. I acknowledge, though I bake well, it just does not bring me joy. I love to cook multi course dinners. I grew up with mostly Spanish and Italian cuisines, taught to me by my mother, aunts and cousins. I am fortunate enough to still have, 4 generations of family still living in Spain! I love visiting my family in Spain. I sit in their Spanish kitchens and watch all the women cook, listening intently, watching closely as to how they make those fabulous dishes. I grew up in Florida, surrounded family and extended family members. I was always in one kitchen or another, listening, helping, & learning about all those cuisines and the different languages being spoken! Mealtime was always a celebration with lots of family, friends, food, and wine. Mom's saying was 'the more the merrier'. I do try to replicate this tradition in my life now. Cooking and meal time is truly a celebration of love and togetherness. I enjoy having family and friends, from around the world, over for a dinner. They are invited anytime and I try to carry on the my mother's motto 'the more the merrier'. Though many of the women, who were so inspirational to me, have now passed on, they live forever within my heart and in the recipes that I lovingly cook today. I try to follow those wonderful traditions, they taught me and keep them alive in my home. My mother will always be the voice in my head and heart. She was a truly fabulous role model and I miss her dearly. My career in aviation now spans 38 years. Working in the aviation industry so long, one becomes a airline 'nomad'. I have lived in 5 different states (Florida, Minnesota, California, Nevada and now Arizona) and now have a country in Europe. While living in different cities, one of my favorite hobbies has been taking cooking classes from different cooking schools. I adore learning different types of cuisine and having themed dinners in my home. To name a few classes I have taken Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Mexican, 3 types of Chinese, Thai, Swedish and American Bistro classes. It is lovely to learn so much about a country and culture through their cuisines! Life has given me one fabulous ride, and I have so many recipes from around the world to prove it! Cheers !!
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