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Cuban Picadillo Recipe: Authentic Cuban Ground Beef Dish

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This delicious and Authentic Cuban Picadillo recipe is a must have for anyone who enjoys a hearty meal. Flavorful and delicious! This picadillo recipe is the best around! 
Cuban Picadillo recipe

Cuban Picadillo recipe

As some of you know my father is Cuban and mother is Mexican, as a result giving way for a very rich culinary tradition in my family.  As a result of my family leaving Cuba in the 60’s many of the things they brought with them weren’t things so much as recipes and stories.

In this post I am going to share with you one of my personal favorite Cuban recipes.

What is Picadillo ?

This one is called Picadillo and was taught to me by my grandmother.Firstly, this is the Cuban version of ground beef. The funny thing about traditional Cuban food, contrary to popular belief, is that it’s spicy, when it’s not.

Importantly, Cuban food blends together a ton of different flavors making it more savory and flavorful than anything else. You will experience flavors you wouldn’t expect to find together. For example this dish calls for raisins, something you wouldn’t associate with meat but man does it make the dish!

My husband first looked at me strange when I told him this dish had raisins but once he tried it, he never wanted it served without them.

How to eat Picadillo

This dish is best served with/over white rice. However, when life happens I’ve been known to put it over pasta or between two buns for a delicious “Cuban Sloppy Joe”

Best of all you can reheat it and it will be just as delicious as when you first made it. 

So check out the recipe below and fall in love with Cuban Picadillo

How to make Picadillo

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • A med. onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • one small. green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1/3 c. raisins
  • 8-10 green pimento stuffed olives
  • 1/2 tsp of Pepper
  • 2 Table spoons of  olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of White Wine or White cooking wine

 

In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.

How to cook picadillo?

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, green pepper and garlic until the onion is translucent. 

Add the ground beef  and brown over medium heat.

Then add the tomato sauce &  wine and  Cover and cook over low-medium heat for 15 minutes.

Remove cover. Add olives and raisins and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until the liquid is fully evaporated but meat is still moist. Finally, Serve with fluffy white rice, pasta ,or even between bread like a sloppy joe. Buen Provecho!

In addition to being a fast meal, it’s also hearty. 

How to make Cuban picadillo

It’s so heavenly and a complete meal!

Best Picadillo recipe

This is truly the easiest and best picadillo recipe around. It’s very easy to make and delicious to eat. You can reheat it and it will taste just as good as when you first made it.  An optional item some people like in their picadillo is potatoes.

Cuban picadillo recipe

Cuban picadillo recipe

Cuban Picadillo Recipe: Authentic Cuban Ground Beef Dish

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This delicious Cuban Picadillo Recipe is an easy recipe your family will love. Full of flavor and perfect for a busy night this Authentic Cuban ground beef dish will be a family favorite. Tastes just like Abuelas! This is the best picadillo recipe around because of how easy it is to make. I double the batch and use it through the week for various recipes including as a filling for empanadas.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Table spoons of  olive oil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 4 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sm. green pepper, chopped
  • A med. onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3/4 c. tomato sauce
  • 1/3 c. raisins
  • 8-10 green pimento stuffed olives
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp of Pepper
  • 1/3 cup of White Wine or White cooking wine

Instructions

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, green pepper and garlic until the onion is translucent.
    3. Add the ground beef  and brown over medium heat.
    4. Then add the tomato sauce &  wine and  Cover and cook over low-medium heat for 15 minutes.
    5. Remove cover. Add olives and raisins and cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until the liquid is fully evaporated but meat is still moist.
    6. Serve with fluffy white rice, pasta ,or even between bread like a sloppy joe.

Notes

You can reheat picadillo just like you would any other meat recipe and it will taste just as good as when you first made it.

An optional item you can add is diced potatoes. Some people like potatoes in their picadillo and those you can add at the beginning until their fully cooked.

Finally, Looking for more Cuban Recipes? Check out My Famous Cuban Flan

Easy Cuban Flan Recipe

and my Crock pot Arroz Con Pollo

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4 Comments

  • Reply Sarah L

    Great flavors in this dish. I’ll have to try it.

    November 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    I have never had Picadillo before, but it sounds delicious!! I definitely can’t wait to try it, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    September 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    This sounds like a great family meal. I can’t wait to try this for my family. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless

    August 31, 2017 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    This looks and sounds yummy. I don’t like olives so I would leave them out.

    August 18, 2017 at 9:45 am
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