Have you ever tried picadillo?! It is one of my favorite Cuban dishes, but I haven’t been able to order it in quite some time since this whole no nightshades, no ‘dillo business started. It’s a savory, sweet and salty skillet meal. It makes incredible leftovers and is super affordable to put on your table too! We do a lot of ground beef in our house because you can add a ton of veggies on the side and really stretch a meal while still getting good quality protein.
I made this dish using my Butcher Box grass fed ground beef. Butcher Box is a fairly new food delivery service that sends you customizable boxes of their grass fed beef, pastured pork, and heritage chicken from only small, trusted local farmers.
The shipments arrive on dry ice still frozen, so you don’t have to worry about product quality issues. I got my shipment within 2 days and was so excited to find a couple more unusual cuts of beef that I typically don’t see at my store, including grass fed sirloin tips which we used to make Thai Steak Skewers that were amazing.
I tried 5 different cuts of beef from them and was really shocked to realize I actually COULD taste a difference in their beef compared to the beef I buy from Whole Foods. Whole Foods is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but getting straight from small farms that aren’t contracted under a national grocery chain makes a big difference.
What’s also cool is each time you order, you’ll likely get a variety of cuts that you didn’t receive in your last shipment! I am someone who goes to the grocery stores 3 to 4 times a week, and that gets pretty exhausting. Usually I’m going to buy fresh meat or seafood, since I don’t utilize my freezer much. After having several pounds of grass fed beef in my freezer for a couple weeks and being able to grab and defrost on the fly, I now realize why people buy deep freezes!
Buying in bulk or freezing when you find cuts on sale really saves you not just money but time in the long run. I loved our Butcher Box so much, they asked me to write a few thoughts on their beef for their website. I don’t only buy grass-fed, pastured and wild caught meat and seafood because it’s better for ME, but more so because it’s better for our environment, local economies, and for the animals.
“Grass-fed beef, particularly the high quality cuts from ButcherBox, is a health food staple in our house. Animal welfare is a topic I hold close to my heart, and I need to know that the beef we purchase comes from healthy, happy and properly treated cattle. Not only are grass-fed cattle treated more humanely, but they also have a lower environmental impact and generally come from smaller, local family farms rather than factory CAFOs. On top of all that, grass-fed beef is plain and simple the more nutritious choice, packed with more vitamins and omega-3s than grain-fed meat by a landslide!”
Interested in trying Butcher Box for yourself? Right now if you place an order through my fan page, you will receive a free package of bacon! Who turns down free bacon?!
Nightshade-Free Cuban Picadillo
- 4 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin (omit for AIP!)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano flakes
- 2 Turkish bay leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pounds Grass Fed Ground Beef
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2/3 cup butternut squash puree
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
- 3/4 cup pitted and sliced green olives
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- In a large stainless steel skillet, cook bacon, onion and garlic over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes until the onion is tender and fragrant.
- Stir in cumin, oregano, bay leaves, and cinnamon and continue to stir for 30 seconds until toasted and fragrant.
- Crumble ground beef into skillet and season with sea salt. Cook, stirring every couple minutes, until no longer pink. Ensure you break up the ground beef into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- Add butternut squash, red wine, molasses, olives, and raisins to the skillet and bring to low boil over medium-heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 6 to 8 minutes until thickened.
- Remove from heat and stir in vinegar. Serve over cauliflower rice or white rice for a traditional Cuban meal.