Picadillo is a typical Cuban dish.  My husband’s grandmother was from Cuba, and Picadillo is one of the few dishes my husband knows how to make.   Years ago I added a few things to enhance the flavor of this simple dish.

1lb. ground beef
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 chopped bell pepper
1 onion
12 sliced Spanish olives (no pits)
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 15oz. can of tomato sauce
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf

Sauté onion and bell pepper in olive oil.  After 5 minutes add chopped garlic and the ground beef.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook over low heat for 20 min.

Serve over rice.

4 Responses to “picadillo”

  • Karina McKee Says:

    Just made this last night following my mom’s old recipe from Cuba which is almost identical to yours. Served over rice this is a dish my kids actually love to eat. And they are picky eaters! Everyone should give this a try – for the picky eaters, I fish out the raisins and olives before serving. Enjoy!

  • cathy simon depew Says:

    This is wonderful! My husband hates rice and he cleaned his plate and said he’d eat it again. I will be making this as a regular, and I love how simple it is.

  • jorge herrera Says:

    for those meat and potatos eaters, you can always cut potatos in very tiny squares, blanche them for a minute, as soon as the meat starts to brown, add them, be shure they cook throughly you add another dimmension, you extented the meat and it taste fantastic!!!
    ussually 1 medium large potato to 1 pound of meat.
    blanch: just add to boiling water for aprox. 1 minute.

  • Humberto Lazo Says:

    As a cuban,I know this is a great recipe,over white rice,and some fry plantains…a side of avocado salad…perfect