Cuban Beef Picadillo
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef chuck
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 Tbs. chili powder
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 3/4 cups beef stock
- 2/3 cup raisins or currants
- 2 Tbs. tomato paste
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Steamed white rice for serving
In a large, deep fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring to break up any clumps, until the meat begins to brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Spoon off and discard the excess fat.
Cook the tomatoes and seasonings
Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cinnamon and allspice and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes with their juices, stock, raisins, tomato paste and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until thickened to a stewlike consistency, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide the steamed rice among 4 shallow bowls, ladle the picadillo on top and serve. Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Weeknight, by Melanie Barnard (Oxmoor House, 2006).