Monday, January 21, 2013

Picadillo in the Slow Cooker

When it comes to ground beef or ground turkey, we have a few recipes that we make over and over.  One of those recipes is picadillo.  My husband makes the best picadillo I have ever had. I have made my own version  of  picadillo too. No matter whose recipe we use, our kids always eat it and enjoy it (I guess that's one of the reasons we keep making it.)  When I saw this recipe for Crock Pot Picadillo on Gina's blog, I knew it was going to be a hit in our house.  Plus as you all know - I love a good crock pot dish.

I have to admit,  the flavors in this dish were different than the flavors we are use to for a picadillo, we normally don't add tomato sauce to ours.  Even though it was different it was still a great meal and it will definitely be making more appearances on our dinner table. So thank you Gina and for introducing us to this a new and easy take on picadillo....Enjoy!!

recipe from skinnytaste
2 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup red bell peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1  tomato, diced
1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
1/4 cup alcaparrado (manzanilla olives, pimientos, capers) or green olives
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 bay leaves
kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Brown meat in a skillet over medium-high heat and season with salt and a pepper. Be sure to break the meat up as it's browning. When the meat is cooked and no longer pink, drain all the liquid from pan. Add the chopped onions, garlic and bell peppers to the meat and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Now transfer the mixture to the slow cooker and add the tomato, cilantro, tomato sauce, 1 1/4 cups water, alcaparrado (or olives) Gina recommends adding some of the brine from the jar for added flavor at this point, then add in the spices.
Cook on  high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8. Before serving be sure to taste for salt and add more as needed, you can also adjust the other spices at this point as well . Discard the bay leaves and serve over rice.


  1. That looks amazing. I need to try this soon!

  2. Hi Danielle! Picadillo with rice - what a hearty comfort meal! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks totally flavorful, and I love using the slow cooker! :)

  4. Ooh, this is totally my type of comfort-food meal. YUM! And I love that it uses the slow-cooker!

  5. my husband makes amazing picadillo too! It's one of our favorite meals to make, especially since it seems to only get better with time! so yum :)

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

    {PS - I'm giving away a Fitness Notebook & would love for you to win!}

  6. looks so very yummy
    come see what I shared at

  7. Gotta love a good slow cooker meal! It must be so nice to come home to!

  8. Hi Danielle,
    I can't wait to try this fantastic recipe. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. This looks absolutely delicious and I am always looking for new ways to use my crock pot. I'd love for you to come on over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  10. I'm always on the lookout for a new slow cooker recipe - sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!


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