Keri (bloody_keri) wrote in vegancooking,

Picadillo (Cuban black bean dish)

Hi. I'm new to this community and hope to find lots of great vegan recipes! I'm on my second, firmer commitment to veganism and really want to make it work. I'm determined to make it work even if I can't find good food to eat, but I want to find good food so that I can get my diabetic husband on the vegan track as well, which will be a challenge. I admit to finding it difficult to replace all the meat and cheese and am frantically looking for filling, hearty meals. I look forward to browsing and chatting with all of you.

I do have one recipe contribution to make that I hope you'll like, although I don't have a photo to go with it. My mother is Cuban and when I was growing up often made a traditional Cuban dish called 'picadillo'. It's a thick, ground-beef based dish served over rice. I replaced the beef with black beans, and this seems to work really well.

1 can black beans
1 diced onion
1 large diced potato (or 2 medium)
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 jar green olives (sliced or whole, however you prefer)
1 small box of raisins (snack-size, or 1/3 cup)
Goya seasoning (usually found in Mexican section or spice section of the grocery store; if not, use garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, salt and pepper)
2 cups cooked rice, brown or white as preferred (stew served over it)

Cooking directions: Saute the onion and black pepper in a fairly deep skillet for a few minutes in olive or canola oil, then add the diced potatoes, tomato sauce, and enough water to just submerge the potatoes. The liquid should be pretty tomato-ey, so if it seems a little thin, add more tomato sauce. Use plenty of Goya (or garlic/onion/turmeric). Cover and cook on low until the potatoes are tender, then add the olives and raisins and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until the raisins are completely reconstituted. Serve over white or brown rice as you prefer.

The ingredients may sound odd, but it's really an awesome dish, and a staple in Havana. Enjoy!
Tags: beans-black beans, ethnic food-latin american
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