Classic and Flavorful Cuban Picadillo Recipe

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Classic and Flavorful Cuban Picadillo Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 23, 2023

This traditional Cuban Picadillo recipe is a delightful and flavorful dish that combines ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices. It is a versatile recipe that can be served as a main course or used as a filling for empanadas, tacos, or stuffed peppers. With its rich flavors and simple preparation, this Cuban Picadillo recipe is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon.
  3. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, and green bell pepper. Cook until the vegetables are softened.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, olives, capers, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  7. Serve the Cuban Picadillo hot with rice or as a filling for empanadas, tacos, or stuffed peppers.

Interesting Facts

  • Picadillo is a popular dish in many Latin American countries, with variations in ingredients and spices.
  • The word 'picadillo' comes from the Spanish word 'picar,' which means 'to mince' or 'to chop.'
  • In Cuba, picadillo is often served with white rice, black beans, and plantains for a typical Cuban meal.
  • The combination of spices in Cuban Picadillo, including cumin, cinnamon, and cloves, gives it a unique and aromatic flavor.