Friday, October 10, 2008

VeganMoFo – Picadillo

We eat a lot of Mexican food here. Earlier this week I saw a recipe in Eating Well for Apple Turkey Picadillo. The only thing I liked about the recipe was the apple. Since it is apple season, I decided to come up with my own vegan and more authentic version. Don’t let the ingredients scare you. It’s delicious. You can use it as a filling in peppers or eat it as a stew along with some brown rice.

Quick Picadillo with Apples

½ cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 t. cumin
1 t. Mexican oregano
½ t. salt
½ t. black pepper
½ t. crushed red pepper
¼ t. allspice
2 T. cider vinegar
1 medium green apple, cored and chopped
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilies
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup slivered almonds

Saute the onions and garlic in broth or oil until soft. Stir in beans, spices, and vinegar and mix well. Stir in the apple, tomatoes, and raisins. Simmer over medium heat until the liquid has reduced. Serve garnished with almonds.

The tomatoes I used had some pretty hot Hatch chilies in them. I made myself a cool cucumber and tomato salad, topped with some pink ginger finishing salt, to go with the spicy Picadillo.

In Austin, Picadillo is always made with raisins and almonds. If you enjoy another version, I would love to see your recipe!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Fabulous picadillo recipe you came up with!!

Amey said...

mmmm! sounds good. I've got that whole apple tree overflowing, so I'm always up for new apple recipes.:)

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

It looks delicious! I wish I could have that... stupid heartburn! :(

Anonymous said...

What could possibly be scary about those ingredients? Sounds amazingly delicious!

Sheree' said...

I wanted to make stuffed peppers and this is just the perfect stuffing! Boy does this look good!

Jen Treehugger said...

Damn that looks soo good. I am making this - Mexican food is one of my faves.
Thanks for the recipe.

Celine said...

don't think I've ever had picadillo before. looks great!

Kati said...

Wow - sounds really good! We have no shortage of apples here, so I will have to try this out.

Anonymous said...

That looks so good! I've never tired it before, but I think I will!

jessy said...

oh my gosh, your picadillo looks fabulous! it sounds like such a tasty combination too! hooray!

and your tomato & cucumber salad is just too pretty! what a fresh & tasty meal, indeed! :)

Andrea said...

I love the way that cucumber salad looks!

Anonymous said...

Diann - I made this for lunch today. I was a little scared of the raisins and spices but it was really good. Even my mom, who normally shuns all things veg, liked it. Thanks for the recipes. Edie

aTxVegn said...

Thank you, Edie! I'm glad you and your mom enjoyed it. It would have been too spicy for my wimpy mom!

Erin said...

Your picadillo sounds great! I've always seen Cuban picadillos which are olive-heavy, and I'm not down with that. This one is going in my keeper file, thanks!