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Cuban dish: "Picadillo" - South Beach Diet Recipe (Phase 1)



  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound of boiled ham, (find it in the cold cut section), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup of pimento-stuffed green olives cut in half and a tablespoon if its juice
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of cooking wine (if desired)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of your favorite seasoning, such as ACCENT Seasoning or Mrs. Dash


  • In a casserole, heat the oil over low heat until fragrant, then add the onion, pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring, 10 minutes.
  • Add the beef and ham and cook, stirring until brown (the ham will stay pink), 10 to 15 minutes, breaking up large chunks with a wooden spoon. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add the cooking wine (or red wide if you are on Phase II), tomatoes, salt and seasoning, along with the olives and a tablespoon of the olive juice. Continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes.


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