Pretty Quick Pinto Picadillo

 

Pretty Quick Pinto Picadillo

This recipe pleases all the sense: the crunch from the almonds, the cool fresh parsley, the sweet burst of the raisins, and the salty olives.

I like the idea of using it for burritos as eating it plain can start to be a little bland after a while. When we reheated for leftovers I added more salt.

The recipe states that it serves 4 but I found that it makes more than that. If it’s just two of you, like it is for me, then cut the rice quotient in half and you should be fine.

Pretty Quick Pinto Picadillo
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 cups quick-cooking brown rice
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1/2 cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
  5. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  6. 1 16oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 1 15oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  8. 1 Granny Smith apple, halved, cored, and chopped
  9. 1/2 cup raisins
  10. 1/4 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
  11. 2 tbsp mild or hot canned chopped green chilies
  12. Salt and pepper
  13. 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  14. 2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Stir in the pintos, tomatoes, apple, raisins, olives, chilies, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, adding a little water if the mixture becomes too dry.
  3. To serve, combine the pinto mixture with the hot rice and transfer to a large shallow serving bowl. Garnish with the parsley and almonds.
Notes
  1. Serving Suggestion: serve the picadillo with guacamole, salsa, and a green salad. It also makes an unusual and tasty filling for burritos.
Adapted from Quick Fix Vegetarian
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