Judge Maria Lopez's Easy Picadillo Stew

Judge Maria Lopez's Easy Picadillo Stew
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  • 2Servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 package saffron seasoning, such as Goya
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 12 Spanish olives
  • Dash sherry (optional)


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat, until lightly browned. Add the tomato sauce, saffron seasoning, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt to taste.

Stir in the raisins, olives and sherry, if using. Simmer the stew, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes.