This ground beef recipe or Picadillo can be eaten as is over white rice, over pasta, you decide!  If you are entertaining, this is definitely a crowd-pleaser!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups onion, diced

2 cups green pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil for sautéing

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup shredded pork, optional

3 large roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 teaspoon cumin, ground

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (The optional, highly controversial, ingredient!)

1 teaspoon oregano

1 Serrano Chile, finely chopped (optional)

1/2 cup green olives, chopped

1/3 cup raisins

1 tablespoon Dry White Cooking Wine (Vino Seco)

1 boiled egg, chopped (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper (to taste)

Sauté onion and green pepper in olive oil in a large frying pan. Sauté about 5 minutes, until the onion is softened, then add the garlic and ground beef, breaking up the beef until slightly brown, about 5 minutes or so.

Add the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and oregano. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Add olives and raisins and simmer 5 minutes longer. Salt and pepper to taste.

Note: If you do not have fresh vegetables available you can use about a cup of bottled Ragu (the one with vegetables in it) and 1/4 cup of water and simmer until creamy.  Either way, I sometimes add some Ragu even if I have fresh veggies, since it adds some creaminess to the meat mixture.

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