Gator Tail Picadillo

Gator Tail Picadillo
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  • 1/4 Cup  olive oil
  • large white onion, chopped
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • bay leaves
  • 1/4 Cup  tomato paste
  • 2 Pounds  ground alligator tail meat
  • 1 Cup  chicken stock
  •   Two 14 1/2-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Cup  golden raisins
  • 3/4 Cups  sliced, drained pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  red-wine vinegar
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Teaspoon  chopped oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon  cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  cayenne
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Cups  cooked white rice, for serving

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by Steven W. Siler

It's the meat that tastes like chicken (of course) and smells like fish, but you won't smell a thing because I cook ground gator meat in a mixture of herbs and spices, like cinnamon, cumin, and oregano. This is a great dish to try if you're in the mood to take a walk on the wild side.

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Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and bay leaves and sauté until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, stir to incorporate, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the alligator meat and sauté until cooked, breaking up with the back of a fork, about 7 minutes. Add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, golden raisins, green olives, red-wine vinegar, cinnamon sticks, oregano, cumin, and cayenne. Simmer until the picadillo thickens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Discard the bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Serve warm on top of white rice.


Calories per serving:

438 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 20g 30%
  • Carbs 33g 11%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 6g 23%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 37g 74%
  • Cholesterol 96mg 32%
  • Sodium 516mg 21%
  • Calcium 124mg 12%
  • Magnesium 69mg 17%
  • Potassium 1,237mg 35%
  • Iron 6mg 32%
  • Zinc 9mg 58%
  • Phosphorus 416mg 59%
  • Vitamin A 49µg 5%
  • Vitamin C 24mg 40%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 64%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 26%
  • Niacin (B3) 10mg 49%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 61%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 27µg 7%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 57%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 16µg 20%
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