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Vegan Picadillo


Picadillo is one of the most popular meat dishes in the Caribbean region. In its basic form, it is a spicy dish consisting of ground meat, onions, and tomatoes. Picadillo is commonly served with rice or tortillas, where it is often used as a feeling for wraps and tacos.

If you are a vegan, you may be thinking that you may never enjoy this popular dish since its main ingredient is minced meat. However, there is an option for you, in the vegan Picadillo that tastes pretty much similar to the meat-based one. Picadillo is one of those meat dishes that you can easily convert into a vegan dish. All you need to do is to replace the ground beef with a vegan alternative. There are loads of options in the market to choose from, to make a vegan version of this dish.


Lentils are the obvious choice for replacing ground beef. They are already being used in vegetable shepherd’s pie and vegan meatball, and they do such a wonderful job. When it comes to converting Picadillo to a vegan dish, lentils are the first replacement for the ground meat to think about. Well-cooked brown lentils will give the vegan Picadillo an unrivaled taste. Another great idea for this recipe involves using roasted spiced Chickpeas. These beans have a stunning chicken taste that makes vegan Picadillo very delicious.


Vegan picadillo dish is quick and easy to prepare hence suitable for a weeknight dinner. The warming spices used such as cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves make it a comfortable and hearty dish for chilly weather.


You can serve vegan picadillo with fried plantains or rice and garnish with some cilantro or parsley. You can also use it as a filling for tacos, empanadas, or burritos, especially if you cook it out as a dry dish. However, you can also make it with a bit of a gravy-like source by adding a bit of juice from a splash of vegetable stock or the tomato can.



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