Everyday Paleo Puerto Rican Beef

puerto rican beefWith kids back to school and many families getting into to a busier routine, getting a good dinner on the table fast can be a little more challenging.  College students or new college grads in their first apartments are also looking for fast, easy and inexpensive meal options.  To solve this dilemma, I often turn to skillet dinners and you can find lots of great ideas in Well Fed under the Hot Plates section as well as my previous blog postings for Fast Shrimp, Sausage and Cabbage Skillet, Skillet Squash and Greens, and Quick Skillet Dinner.

Puerto Rican Beef is another skillet meal with some unusual flavors that we really love and was an early paleo favorite, having been posted by Sarah at Everyday Paleo back in 2010.  I usually have all the ingredients on hand and if you don’t have kale, spinach is a great substitute.  No need to have remembered to take ground beef out of the freezer in the morning either.  You can quick thaw it in a sink of hot water and also start cooking it while it’s still partially frozen.  Just turn it often and scrape the cooked meat from the frozen piece until it’s all cooked.  Sarah suggests serving it over mashed sweet potatoes with a side of sliced avocado.  It’s delicious that way, but just as good by itself.

Puerto Rican Beef

  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 white onion sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch kale chopped
  • 1/2 cup pimento stuffed green olives (I slice them in half)
  • 3 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder (you can substitute dry mustard or just leave it out if you don’t have it)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef.  Add the bell pepper, onion and olive oil and saute until the onions and peppers are tender.  Add the spices and mix well.  Add the kale and green olives, continue cooking stirring often until the kale is tender (about 4-5 minutes).

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