Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo is delicious, economical, comfort food. Similar to sloppy joes, this is a flavorful meal your whole family will enjoy.

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I asked a friend for an authentic Cuban comfort food for my family to try out and so he shared with me his recipe for Picadillo.

a pan containing cuban sofrito - diced onions, diced green peppers, and minced garlic.

We are always looking for something new and flavorful to do with a bit of ground beef. Though this dish does taste better after much time simmering, it is definitely a flavor-packed dish which he tells me is a staple in every Cuban household.


a pan filled with the ingredients for picadillo: ground beef, tomatoes, olives, capers, bay leaves, herbs and spices ready to be mixed for simmering.
My husband and I were instantly in love with this dish and plan to make it again. We had it with simple sides of rice and black beans and my kids liked it as well.

a bowl of cuban picadillo served on top of white rice.

This dish reminded us of sloppy joes or Southern style BBQ hash.

If you have a package of ground beef and some time, try this dish out as I think it is sure to please!

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Cuban Picadillo

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Cuban Picadillo is delicious, economical, comfort food. It's packed with flavor and incredibly easy to make. Similar to sloppy joes, all you need are a few simple ingredients and some time to simmer and you will have a flavorful meal your whole family will enjoy.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 8 servings
Calories 289 kcal


  • 2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 Small Spanish onion , diced
  • 1 small bell pepper , diced
  • 2 bay Leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 can Fire Roasted Tomates diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6-7 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups Spanish green olives
  • 1/2 cup capers


  • In a large saucepan [paid link], heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add green pepper and onion and saute until translucent, then add the garlic and saute for and additional minute.
  • Add tomato paste, Bay leaf, and oregano and cook for 3-4 minutes. Put in the ground beef, olives, tomatoes, and capers,and let them simmer.
  • After about 40 minutes, taste and adjust seasonings. It important to note we do not drain the fat or not all of it, depending on amount. There needs to be a fair amount of fat in the meat.


Serving: 7ozCalories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 7.1gProtein: 35.8gFat: 12.7gSaturated Fat: 3.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 755mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 2.4g
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