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Picadillo Chowder with Rice Browns

In Latin America, a picadillo usually consists of finely chopped well-seasoned meat and vegetables served alongside a bed of rice. Here, we've transferred the concept to the soup pot to spice up your cold winter nights.

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PicadilloChowder Rice Picadillo
Jodi Pudge

Nutritional Bonus:
In 1 serving of this dish, you’ll consume 15% of your day’s iron, 58% niacin, 80% thiamine and 53% vitamin B6. Plus, the selenium-rich pork also boosts thyroid function and may help reduce pain from rheumatoid arthritis.


Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
60 min


  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided


  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 32 oz low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • Juice 1 lime
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional


  1. Prepare 3/4 cup rice according to package directions. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork; set aside.
  2. Prepare chowder: Place a large stockpot on medium heat. Add pork and onion and cook for 3 minutes or until pork is opaque and onion begins to turn translucent. Stir in garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Remove pot from heat, pour pork mixture into a heat-proof colander and drain fat from meat. Return pork mixture to pot and add broth. Stir in beans, 1/4 cup rice, cumin and chile powder. Bring chowder to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in lime juice and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes.
  4. Prepare rice browns: In a large bowl, gently combine cooked rice from Step One with egg whites, mixing with fingertips. Heat 1 tsp oil for 1 minute in a medium pan on medium heat. Add 4 separate 1/8-cup scoops of rice mixture to pan and use the flat side of a spatula to gently press each 1 into a small patty. Cook for 4 minutes, shaking pan slightly halfway through to ensure patty doesn’t stick. Quickly slide a spatula underneath each patty and flip over. (TIP: The goal is to jostle the cakes as little as possible.) Cook for 4 more minutes, then remove patties from heat and place on a paper towel to drain. Repeat process with remaining 4 rice browns. Garnish chowder with parsley, if desired, and serve with crispy-hot rice browns on the side.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 rice browns and 2 c chowder
  • Calories 362
  • Carbohydrate Content 40 g
  • Cholesterol Content 74 mg
  • Fat Content 7 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 34 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 171 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g