This traditional Latin dish, usually served over rice, is bursting with flavor! I’ve got this one filed away in my go-to recipes for busy nights! My Skinny Beef Picadillo is so simple to make and is ready to go in under 30 minutes. The onions, peppers and ground beef make a hearty meal that will satisfy your hunger long past dinner time. If rice isn’t your thing, try the filling on a whole-wheat wrap!

Skinny Picadillo

Yield: 4.5 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup meat mixture


  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb extra lean ground sirloin
  • ¼ cup stuffed pimento olives
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • Optional*:
  • brown rice
  • whole wheat tortillas
  • *Optional ingredients are not included in the nutrition calculations.


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté onions, garlic, green and red peppers in extra virgin olive oil for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  2. Add ground beef and olives to skillet to brown.
  3. Season mixture with salt, garlic powder, red pepper, cumin, crushed red pepper and black pepper.
  4. After meat has browned and is no longer pink, add tomato sauce and stir to cover and mix well.
  5. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve over brown rice or with whole wheat tortillas.
  7. *Nutrition calculations do not include brown rice or whole wheat tortillas.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (1/2 cup meat mixture):

Calories: 220

Fat: 10g

Carbohydrates: 9g

Fiber: 2g

Protein: 25g

Sugars: 4g

Sodium: 348mg

Vitamin A: 6%

Vitamin C: 35 %

Calcium: 1%

Iron: 17 %

WWP+: 6 points