Cuban-Style Picadillo Recipe

Step into the vibrant world of Cuban culinary arts with our delectable Cuban-Style Picadillo recipe. This traditional Cuban dish, laden with ground beef and a medley of vegetables, provides a symphony of flavors that are sure to delight your palate. Seasoned with classic herbs and spices, our recipe mirrors the authentic taste and aroma that Picadillo is renowned for. Beyond its deliciousness, the Cuban-Style Picadillo is an excellent source of essential nutrients, combining wellness and gastronomic pleasure. By following our simple and straightforward recipe, you can recreate this delightful Cuban classic at home and serve up an exotic, restaurant-quality meal for your loved ones.

Cuban-Style Picadillo Recipe:

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic, and sauté until softened.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until browned, breaking it into crumbles.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, olives, capers, raisins, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  4. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld together.
  5. Serve your Cuban-Style Picadillo with rice or warm tortillas.
  6. After the mixture has simmered for about 30-40 minutes, stir in vinegar, tomato paste, and bay leaves.
  7. Let the Picadillo continue to simmer for another 10-15 minutes, allowing the new flavors to blend well.
  8. Discard the bay leaves before serving.
  9. Garnish your Cuban-Style Picadillo with fresh cilantro and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 6g