Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Picadillo is one of the Cuban dishes I discovered while living in Miami. This version is always a hit with my family and friends. I serve picadillo over white or yellow rice. Black beans and garlic bread make a nice accompaniment.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook ground beef in a large pan over medium heat until done. Remove from pan, drain, and set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to pan. When the oil is hot add onions and green peppers. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add garlic and saute several more minutes.
  3. Return cooked beef to pan and add remaining ingredients. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low; cover pan and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving.


Most Helpful

This recipe is as good as the other reviewers said it was. I made it for Cinco de Mayo and it did not disappoint. I made mine in a vegan version using Yves fake ground beef and it worked great! One note of caution, I added the 1/2 teaspoon salt prior to trying it and regretted it. I hadn't added any additional salt so figured it would be bland and need the 1/2 tsp, but it turns out the olives added quite a bit of salt, so it was a bit on the salty side. Otherwise, it rocked. This one is going in my "go-to" cookbook. I made it with the recipezaar recipe for Mexican Yellow Rice, which was also fantastic and easy to make. The whole thing took me about an hour.

ekarger May 07, 2010

I love this!! I've made it many times already and many of my friends have asked for the recipe and love it also. The mix of tastes works out wonderfully! I eat it over white rice and everyone in my family gobbles it up every time. Thanks!

kristina_garo August 22, 2007

Amazing flavor! We love this recipe and I make it often!! I only use 1 lb of ground beef and sometimes use 2 Tbs of pimento-stuffed green olives instead of a can of pimentos. I always use sherry. Make yellow rice or ID #348262 and add another handful of raisins. YUM :)

lolablitz August 25, 2012

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