Adapted from: Lindgren, Musibay and Catillo’s Guys from Miami Cook Cuban
Image credit: Serious Eats
Picadillo is a staple meal in many Cuban households. It is a Cuban-style 1.1 hash that typically uses ground beef aromatic spices, peppers, olives, and raisins, served over rice. We have found that it is a great way to use up left over beef roasts too. A simple side of black beans and rice are a great addition to this traditional meal.
2 cups onion, diced
2 cups green pepper, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds ground beef
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, optional
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup green olives, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
Heat olive oil in a large saute’ pan. Add onion and green pepper and saute’ about 5 minutes, until the onion is softened, then add garlic and ground beef.
Stir together well, integrating the pepper and onions into the ground beef and cook until 0 the meat is browned about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, cloves (optional) and oregano. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Add olives and raisins and simmer 5 minutes longer. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot over white rice and beans if desired.