Meat Filling

(Picadillo)

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Picadillo is a Latin American dish that is similar to hash and mainly used as a filling for many Puerto Rican dishes like alcapurrias, piononos, piñón, pastelón, pastelillos, rellenos de papa, etc.   Traditionally, we prepare the meat filling with ground beef that is sautéed in annatto oil and tomato sauce along with our special blend of herbs and vegetables known as sofrito.   Since my cookbook is a healthier version of the Puerto Rican cuisine, I prepare the meat mixture with ground turkey to reduce the fat content.  Other ingredients are added to this dish like raisins, olives, capers, potatoes, ham, cumin and oregano to enhance the flavors and texture according to your taste.

Picadillo comes from the Spanish term “picar” which means to chop or to mince because the meat mixture has a minced or chopped texture after it has been cooked.  The meat mixture can also be served with white rice and/or beans.  Whether you prepare this delicious meat mixture as a filling or a complete meal, it will definitely satisfy your taste buds with our unique tropical flavors and chopped meat texture.

How to Prepare our Meat Filling Known as Picadillo!

Pour annatto oil into the skillet to add color and flavor to the meat mixture.  Click on this link on How to Prepare Annatto Oil.

However, if you do not want to prepare the annatto oil, here is another method of how we add color and flavor to our food:  Add to skillet 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 seasoning envelopes with culantro and annatto and stir well.  Click on this link for Special Blend of Seasonings.

Add the minced garlic, capers, stuffed olives, tomato sauce, salt and lean ham.  

Now we are ready to add our puréed condiment known as sofrito.  Stir all the ingredients until well blended.  Sauté over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

What is Sofrito!

Our Sofrito is a special blend of herbs and vegetables sautéed in annatto oil and tomato sauce.  It is the basic condiment that gives the Puerto Rican cuisine its unique flavor and aroma. Today the puréed herbs and vegetables that is prepared in advance for future use is commonly referred to as “Sofrito.”  If you do not want to make a large batch of sofrito, then here is an easy recipe on How to Make Sofrito for a Single Meal

We are Ready to Start Cooking the Ground Turkey!

Let’s add the ground turkey.  You can use ground beef if you so desire.

Spread the ground turkey evenly in the skillet.   Cook the ground turkey over low-medium heat for 30 minutes or until the meat is thoroughly cooked.  

Stir the ground turkey frequently with a spoon to break the meat down for a chopped or minced texture while cooking.

The meat mixture (picadillo) should have a similar appearance to hash.  You can use the picadillo as a meat filling or serve it with white rice and/or beans for a complete meal.

Click on the link to learn How to Prepare White Rice.   

Click on the button below to watch my YouTube video on How to Prepare the Picadillo!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts

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Picadillo (Meat Filling)


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 8
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 18 ounces 1x

Description

Whether you prepare this delicious meat mixture as a filling or as a complete meal, it will definitely satisfy your taste buds with our unique tropical flavors and chopped meat texture.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons annatto oil
  • 2 ounces lean ham, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sofrito
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 6 pimiento-stuffed green olives, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon capers
  • ½ teaspoon salt (low sodium)
  • 1 pound ground turkey

Instructions

  1. Pour annatto oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except ground turkey.
  3. Stir all ingredients and sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Place ground turkey in skillet and spread meat evenly over skillet.
  5. Cook meat over low-medium heat for 30 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Notes

Stir the ground turkey frequently with a spoon to break the meat down for a chopped or minced texture while cooking.

  • Category: Meat Mixture
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Picadillo

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