Easy Cuban Picadillo- Allergy and Paleo Friendly

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Cuban Picadillo - Gluten & Dairy Free, PaleoThis recipe is out of this world.  Do you think I thought that when I originally saw it?  Nope, most definitely not!  But all the interesting ingredients totally made me curious, and as many recipes as were out there…this HAD to be tasty! And let me tell you…it did NOT disappoint!

Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal originally got my creative juices flowing with her version of this popular Cuban dish.  See, sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t need cooking classes when there are fantastic online resources out there!  All the flavors marry so perfectly in this dish, and the whole family has loved this both times I have made it. Even my picky dad went back for seconds…always a good sign!  Give this a go, it is so easy to make a real, family-pleasing dinner!

GRAIN-FREE/PALEO NOTE:  Rather than serving this over rice, we love this served atop garlic  mashed sweet potatoes.  Boil sweet potatoes until tender and puree in the food processor with allowed butter/ghee, couple cloves garlic, and salt!  I bet garlic mashed plantains would be good too!

Cuban Picadillo - Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo

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Easy Cuban Picadillo- Allergy and Paleo Friendly
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Serves: 5
  • 1 pound (about) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (I used a sweet yellow), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • Optional: 1 can black beans, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, sauteed plantains
  1. Heat a large pan with a lid over medium heat.
  2. Saute the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
  3. When the beef is mostly cooked through, add the remaining ingredients (add the black beans here as well if you so choose).
  4. Bring to a low simmer, and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes to let the flavors meld and permeate one another.
  5. Serve atop a bed rice or garlic sweet potato mash and garnish with chopped cilantro and avocado.

Cuban Picadillo - Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo

This recipe was shared on  Tasteful Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, , Traditional TuesdaysHearth & Soul  Healthy 2Day WednesdayGF Wednesday,Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Seasonal Celebration Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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12 comments on “Easy Cuban Picadillo- Allergy and Paleo Friendly
  1. We JUST had this for dinner! (My version, but I’ll have to try it with the raisins!) And I see you made the move to WordPress…you’re fast!

    • I haven;t officially launched this, I am trying to work out all the kinks and add all the widgets and features from my blogger blog to here. Not as easy as i was hoping…and my graphic designer still has to transfer the whole look too….You had raisons in your version didn’t you?

  2. I love picadillo! My Mexican version is similar to this. :)

  3. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  4. April Harris says:

    What a unique combination of ingredients, but your picadillo sounds absolutely delicious! I love all the fresh and wholesome ingredients :)

  5. I have pinned this to our Gluten Free Fridays Board and also tweeted it out! Thanks for linking up and can’t wait to see what you bring this week :)

  6. Rebecca says:

    This sounds so good, and I would definitely include the cilantro or coriander as we call it in the UK as it’s our favourite herb:-) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Vanessa says:

    I just made this tonight after enjoying your Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Casserole the last couple times I made it. Both dishes are a hit and we’re scouring your site for more recipes now! My husband’s been trying to eat less carbs and your site is full of great food ideas. Thank you so much for the awesome recipes!

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