With just a few staple ingredients, tonight you can warm up with this classic Latin dish, made vegetarian! Picadillo uses easy ingredients and doesn’t require a lot of skill.

You can make this dish vegan, gluten-free, mild or spicy!  

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What’s the trick to great tasting Picadillo?

I’ve made this dish a few different ways. But the one thing that I think makes it taste the best is pressing all of the water out of the tofu and letting it marinade in the spices for a few hours. You are going to crumble it up, so feel free to really mash those spices into the tofu.

Cast Iron Pans make cleanup easy!

I LOVE my cast iron pans. I know that the food won’t stick, no matter how sticky the ingredients can be.  So for this recipe, that calls for this dish that you want to slow cook for a while, you want a pan that can hold up and won’t burn the spices.

Cleaning your cast iron pans is easy. But never use soap in your pans or put them in the dishwasher, you’ll ruin them. 

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You can make this dish and freeze it for later!

This is an easy dish to make and freeze. Make sure you are using a freezer-safe dish that can be used in the oven.  

DEFROST before cooking.  We don’t want those dishes to crack. Never but a freezing glass dish in a hot oven, it will burst!

In a preheated 400 degree oven, bake for about 30

Vegetarian Tofu Picadillo


Spring is here and I always crave festive and colorful Latin food when the weather warms up.  Tofu Picadillo is a twist on Latin American classic that is typically made with ground beef.  This vegetarian made with tofu is a versatile dish that’s perfect for meal prep dinners and it is gluten-free and low-carb.

Tofu Picadillo is full flavored and it can be reheated for a weeknight quick meal.

Picadillo is a popular Latin American dish that is similar to chili.  It is typically made with ground beef, but we have swapped that out for extra firm tofu, pressed for a couple of hours to give it a chewy texture. I also like to let the dry seasoning rest on the tofu and marinade for a couple of hours while I press.  The tomatoes, olives, and vinegar produce a pungent flavor.  Picadillo is often served with rice and beans, or as a filling for tacos or enchiladas. 

SERVING IDEAS FOR TOFU PICADILLO

  • Serve over rice or with beans or without
  • On top of healthy greens in a salad
  • Stuffed into a quesadilla, taco or enchilada or a stuff a pepper and bake.

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CategoryMain Dish, RecipesDifficultyBeginner
Cook Time15 mins


 


Ingredients

 1 tbsp Olive oil
 2 tsp tubs extra firm tofu – pressed dry
 1 bell pepper diced
 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
 1 small sweet onion diced
 2 tbsp Spiced Pilaf Spice ( Or 1/2 ts each of cumin, cardamom, ground star anise, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, coriander, ginger and smoked paprika ground together. Save the rest for later )
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 ¼ cup green olives chopped
 2 cups diced tomatoes



Directions

1

2-3 hours ahead:

Press all of the water out of your tofu, then top with your dry ingredients and allow to rest for 2 hours.

2

Add the pepper, onions, and garlic to the pan and cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent

Stir in your tofu, and the rest of the ingredients and allow to come to a simmer.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

3

Topping ideas:

Diced jalapeno peppers
capers
raisens
sour cream
salsa
diced cooked potatoes


 

Ingredients

 1 tbsp Olive oil
 2 tsp tubs extra firm tofu – pressed dry
 1 bell pepper diced
 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
 1 small sweet onion diced
 2 tbsp Spiced Pilaf Spice ( Or 1/2 ts each of cumin, cardamom, ground star anise, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, coriander, ginger and smoked paprika ground together. Save the rest for later )
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 ¼ cup green olives chopped
 2 cups diced tomatoes

Directions

1

2-3 hours ahead:

Press all of the water out of your tofu, then top with your dry ingredients and allow to rest for 2 hours.

2

Add the pepper, onions, and garlic to the pan and cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent

Stir in your tofu, and the rest of the ingredients and allow to come to a simmer.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

3

Topping ideas:

Diced jalapeno peppers
capers
raisens
sour cream
salsa
diced cooked potatoes

Vegetarian Tofu Picadillo

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