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Close up view of a black bowl of Cuban picadillo and steamed white rice on a white wooden table with a blue gingham napkin.

Cuban Picadillo


Cuban Picadillo is classic comfort food that is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal that your whole family will love.  Serve it with white rice and a green salad for a complete dinner that’s full of flavor!



3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium sweet onion, diced

1 medium yellow or red bell pepper, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

1 teaspoon adobo seasoning

1 cup (8 ounces) tomato sauce

4 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

½ cup dry white wine

¼ cup pimento-stuffed olives, chopped

2 tablespoons olive brine from the pimento-stuffed olives

¼ cup black olives, roughly chopped

½ cup raisins

2 tablespoons capers, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon 

1 tablespoon sugar


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Saute the onions and red bell pepper in the olive oil until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are soft – about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and saute until fragrant – about 1 minute.

Crumble in the ground beef and sprinkle the adobo seasoning over the meat.

Cook the meat, breaking it up into small bits until it’s browned.

Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, wine, green and black olives, raisins, capers, cumin, oregano, and sugar.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture, stirring often to prevent it from sticking, for 20 – 25 minutes until thickened.

Serve hot over white rice.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish - Beef
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Keywords: Cuban picadillo, Cuban recipes, beef recipes, easy weeknight meals, comfort food,