My favourite aunt introduced me to this deliciously rich and fragrant dish. In the past few years I've made some changes and this is the recipe my family likes best. It's a great chilli con carne alternative and it freezes well. Try it on a jacket potato!
If you don't have any hot pepper sauce to hand, substitute a pinch of cayenne pepper.
I'm giving this a 5 because this is a great template. I guess I prefer Cuban or Mexican Picadillo. I followed directions exactly only finding that the clove spice was very overpowering even though we like clove. I was able to correct that by adding some sugar and cumin. You can subsitute the cinnamon and clove with coriander and cumin. Cubans also add sultanas - which does add to the flavour! This dish is sometimes used as a filling for tacos and empanadas - it is a very flexible dish. You can make it into a stew by adding sweetcorn, etc. Tonite I served it with grated cheddar cheese and soured cream on the side. Red wine or cold beer go great with it. Thanks submitter. - 15 Sep 2008
Really liked this - thought the olives and capers gave it an interesting flavour. I too scaled it down to serve four and the portions were perfect. Will definitely make again (although my son said he preferred chilli - he does tend to favour known things over new!) - 24 Oct 2011
Really lovely. I didn't have ground cloves in the cupboard so I used all spice instead of the cinnamon and cloves, and it still tasted great - 25 Jul 2010