SGCC Rewind: Picadillo Pizza

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Yesterday was my birthday.  At my age, birthdays pretty much come and go without too much fanfare.  We usually go out for a nice dinner somewhere and call it a day.  Since Mr. SGCC was out of town on business, we decided to postpone our celebration until this weekend.  Mini SGCC insisted that I shouldn’t have to cook on my “special” day, so she decided to take charge of last night’s dinner arrangements.  She did what any normal, red-blooded American teenager would do. She ordered pizza.  Except, she didn’t just order any old pizza. She got us a taco pizza.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical about that taco pizza at first.  But about three slices in, I was sold.  There wasn’t anything elaborate about the pizza – just taco meat, tomatoes, scallions and some lettuce, topped with a little sour cream and salsa – but it was pretty darn tasty!

It got me to thinking about how versatile pizza can be.  I started imagining all kinds of different ingredient combinations that would work on a pizza.  How about a pulled pork pizza?  Or, a Korean kimchi pork belly pizzaMu Shu pizza, anyone? A linguine and clams pizza, without the linguine?  Or even a bacon and eggs pizza?  See what I mean?  The possibilities are virtually endless. 


Then, I remembered another kind of pizza that I posted about a few years ago – Picadillo Pizza.  Now, that was one awesome pizza!  So awesome, in fact, that I thought I’d share it with you again.

Picadillo is a Cuban dish made with ground meat, tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers and various other ingredients simmered with herbs and spices.  Though, it’s typically served over rice, it is kind of like a Cuban version of taco meat, which is why the taco pizza reminded me of it.  The version I like to make includes green olives, capers, raisins and slivered almonds, and is flavored with cumin, smoked paprika, oregano and a dash of cinnamon.  Picadillo is very easy to prepare and is muy sabroso!  Picadillo also seems to get even better when it sits, so the leftovers are the perfect thing to use as a pizza topping for the next day’s dinner.

To make picadillo, first dice up your vegetables and sauté.


Then, add your meat and cook it all together.


Add the rest of your ingredients and simmer.


That’s it. You’re done!


You can enjoy your picadillo the traditional way, over rice, as a pizza topping like I did, as a sandwich filling or any way you like.  I’m thinking picadillo sloppy Joes sound pretty good too.


23 responses to SGCC Rewind: Picadillo Pizza

  1. On May 19, 2010 at 2:34pm, Jessica @ How Sweet said...

    My husband would go crazy for this pizza! Delicious!

  2. On May 19, 2010 at 2:46pm, SMITH BITES said...

    happy sigh . . . pizza in any form is one of my favs! must admit I’ve never tried a Taco or Cuban pizza but I’m betting they’re both delish! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!

  3. On May 19, 2010 at 2:56pm, Eliana said...

    What an amazing looking pizza! Love all the different flavors you have mingling in here.

  4. On May 19, 2010 at 3:01pm, Rosa said...

    That topping is fabulous! A great idea. That pizza looks terribly scrumptious!



  5. On May 19, 2010 at 3:46pm, bellini valli said...

    I love how this sounds Susan. It is certainly not for the fainthearted.

  6. On May 19, 2010 at 4:33pm, Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

    I’m so with you on this! There are so many great things you can do with a pizza, and this looks like heaven. For me, another to try is the breakfast variation…anything topped with a lightly fried egg is my absolute favorite! xxSAS

  7. On May 19, 2010 at 7:19pm, Joanne said...

    I tend to think that just about everything tastes better on a pizza! I love picadillo, especially this version, which seems perfectly spiced. Definitely good for a pizza topping!

  8. On May 19, 2010 at 7:47pm, Wei-Wei said...

    *sigh* Pizza. How lovely you are. And how lovely it is that you suit so many outfits. And how lovely it is that I am going to be stuffing my face with you soon. Sigh.


  9. On May 19, 2010 at 8:49pm, 5 Star Foodie said...

    I love picadillo and what a fabulous idea to make a picadillo pizza, yum!!! Happy birthday!

  10. On May 19, 2010 at 11:10pm, nina said...

    I love the almonds and raisins in the meat sauce…… will definitely satisfy my sweet tooth!

  11. On May 20, 2010 at 4:50am, Meeta said...

    i swear this is making me seriously drool! great addition of almonds and rasins in the sauce for a lovely flavor! susan great stuff!

  12. On May 20, 2010 at 4:50am, grace said...

    happy belated day of birth, susan! i can’t think of many ways to celebrate that sound more interesting and enjoyable than eating raisins on pizza. :)

  13. On May 20, 2010 at 11:59am, Nicole Spasiano said...

    happy belated birthday!!!!

  14. On May 20, 2010 at 12:59pm, Brenda - Aesthetic Dalliances said...

    Mmmmm…picadillo is also a Mexican dish (and a very popular one at that!) with as many variations ingredient-wise as you can imagine. I make mine with onions, garlic, diced potatoes, carrots, peas and sometimes green olives along with tomato and the meat. I LOVE it. I don’t see how it wouldn’t be improved on a pizza either. :)

  15. On May 20, 2010 at 8:57pm, peabody said...

    Happy belated birthday! I love this idea. I make an omlette using this filling, I bet it would be awesome on pizza.

  16. On May 20, 2010 at 11:24pm, Jessica said...

    Wow, what a taste explosion this would be in my mouth! Yum!! I love this idea. I also love the name of your blog…gets my creative juices baking!

  17. On May 21, 2010 at 10:01am, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    This sounds delicious! You are right Susan, it really is easy to go in a million different directions with pizza – such an awesome canvas!

  18. On May 21, 2010 at 4:11pm, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

    Wow, that’s a unique pizza. I can’t get enough different pizza varieties.

    Happy belated birthday!


  19. On May 21, 2010 at 11:04pm, Delishhh said...

    WOW! That sounds amazing. I have to try this out. Even just with rice. Have you tried this as tacos?

  20. On May 22, 2010 at 12:05pm, Manggy said...

    (Aha! Sazon Goya is coriander and annatto! Can do! 😉 The pizza looks as fantastic as I remember it, Susan. Belated happy birthday and thank you for being a wonderful friend! :)

  21. On May 22, 2010 at 12:17pm, LizAnderson said...

    There’s a little Hamlette, called Callaway, Nebraska, where their Co-op Country Store makes The. Best .Breakfast. Pizza. you’ll ever eat (while camping!). On a soft slab of pizza dough they start with a white sause that’s similar to sausage gravy, then add scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage and cheddar cheese. Two slices and a cuppa coffee and I’d done for the day! We look forward to Sunday mornings when the regular cafe is closed and we “have” to order a pizza.

    Happy Birthday. I’m right there with you.

  22. On May 22, 2010 at 1:31pm, ingrid said...

    Hmmm, sounds interesting. I’ve never had it before but that’s not surprising as I tend to stay away from anything with raisins. Guess If I make it myself I can take out those dreaded raisins. :) Thanks for the recipe.

  23. On May 24, 2010 at 1:59pm, Katie said...

    Happy (very belated!) birthday! The pizza looks amazing, never seen one like this before. Hope you had a fab day

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