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Picadillo Con Arroz y Frijoles (Picadillo with Rice and Beans)

What you need: 

1/2 carrot
1/2 celery
1 piece of garlic
1 small onion
1/2 red bell pepper
olive oil
2 cups vegan “meat” chunks
1 cup water
3/4 cup tomato sauce (with pieces of tomatoes is really good)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
fresh oregano, minced, to taste
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste [u] Beans[/u]:
vegetable oil
1 piece garlic
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained.
1 cup water
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste

What you do: 

[u]Picadillo[/u]:1. In a food processor, blend carrot, celery, garlic and onion until they're finely chopped in tiny pieces and reduced in size to 3 to 4 tablespoons.
2. Sauté the sofrito (blended veggies) with bell peper in olive oil until golden, then add the “meat” and sauté for about 1 minute. Add water and sauce, stir, add the herbs and let it cook for 8 to 10 minutes. At this point you should stir, add water if need and salt and pepper.
[u] Beans[/u]:3. Heat oil in a pot. Add garlic and sauté until golden. Add carrot and celery; cook for 30 to 60 seconds. Add the beans, water, and tomato sauce. Simmer on low heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Add water if it's dried and stir, add cumin, salt, and pepper. Let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then mashed a little bit not too much the beans and stir.
4. Serve beans over white/whole grain rice and set the picadillo aside and Enjoy!
Source of recipe: Because my mom is cuban, And I was craving beans, I decided to cook a very tasty cuban dish with my little touch, if any questions feel free to ask.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 
1 hour
2 to 3


loved this tasty and easy to make dish. I actually subbed zucchini for the celery and doubled the veggies, too.
I also doubled the beans by adding a can of black beans!
Served it with some diced avocado! yum yum! thank you!


Delish and simple to make! I made it for myself but walked in on my omnivorous parents chowing down on it. I don't use nonvegetarian's taste as a measure of a recipe's success but it is nice to be able enjoy a meal together sometimes. Thanks. ;)b


making this right now! smells so yummy!

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