Picadillo is a super-fast comfort food that can be whipped up on the stove top in under 30 minutes. (Or prepare in a slow cooker for walk-away convenience). The aromatic spices and the tangy sweetness contributed by the apple and cranberry are a welcome change from standard taco filling or Sloppy Joes. Serve this over rice, like a stew, or wrapped up in tortillas or lettuce leaves. Tastes great the next day, so feel free to make ahead. If you double the recipe, you can freeze the leftovers and thaw as needed for a yummy last-minute meal.
A finishing sprinkle of chopped pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds provides a welcome crunch and an extra New World accent.