I’m envious of our good Canadian friends who vacation in Cuba frequently ~ this recipe is about as close as we will get to it!
Anyway, I love picadillo! (Say peek-ah-DEE-yoh.) It’s derived from the Spanish verb “picar,” which means to mince into small pieces. The basic ingredients are ground beef, onions and tomatoes, with each Latin American country having its own rendition, but its heart belongs to Cuba.
What makes the Cuban-style hash especially appetizing is the addition of green olives, capers and raisins or currants ~ it’s a great mixture of salty and sweet, with different textures and various flavors, blending together to form the distinctive Cuban dish.
I took it one step further, and turned the picadillo into sloppy joes. This makes a lot: if there is any left over, you are the lucky one, as it’s even better then! It’s comfy, home-style cooking at its best!
Cuban Picadillo Sloppy Joes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1½ cups onion, chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 pounds 90% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 (15-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup tomato paste
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
½ cup dried currants
½ cup green olives with pimento, chopped
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic, sauté 3 minutes.
Add beef to pan, crumble and brown.
Stir in ingredients through brown sugar.
Reduce heat to low; simmer about 20 minutes, until liquid reduces, stirring occasionally.
Stir in currants, capers and olives, cook for 5 minutes.
Serve on toasted hamburger buns.
Makes 10-12 sandwiches
By the way…
Tonight and tomorrow, kicks off a tetrad: the first of four lunar eclipses in a row ~ the only such quartet in a span of 28 years. A full lunar eclipse in North America will occur, presenting a blood moon. Mars will be closest to Earth for the year. It’s around 1:00 a.m. CST, and will last 78 minutes. I hope to see it! Will you be watching?
And it’s our 47th wedding anniversary tomorrow! Our anniversary, a total lunar eclipse, income tax day, what a day!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DEAR BILL!!!