Adapted from: Lindgren, Musibay and Catillo’s Guys from Miami Cook Cuban

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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.