Cuban Picadillo (ground beef)

Cuban Picadillo (ground beef)
cuban picadillo, healthy dinner ideas

Cuban Picadillo (ground beef)

This traditional ground beef dish whips up in minutes and is made incredible with Cuban Seasoning blend.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 tomato or 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives or 2 Tablespoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon Cuban seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Brown beef over high heat in a large saute pan and season with 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt. Use a metal spoon to break it up into small pieces.
  • While meat is browning, dice onion, pepper, and tomato, and mince garlic. If olives are large, cut in half.
  • Once the beef is cooked, turn down the heat to medium and add olive oil. Add chopped veggies, along with Cuban seasoning, olives, or capers, plus 2 Tablespoons of the brine from the olives. Add tomato paste and water, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  • Traditionally picadillo is served with white rice.
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