picadillo

noun
pi·​ca·​dil·​lo | \ˌpikəˈdilō, Sp pēkäˈdēyō\
plural -s

Definition of picadillo 

: a spicy Latin-American hash or stew of meat and vegetables often with raisins and olives that is commonly used as a filling (as for tacos) or served with rice and beans

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First Known Use of picadillo

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for picadillo

American Spanish, from Spanish, stew of chopped meat, from picado, past participle of picar to prick, chop, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin piccare

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