Cuban Picadillo


I received this wonderful recipe of beef, olives, and sweet peppers from my son's Cuban grandmother. We serve it over black beans and rice with fried plantain on the side, it's amazing!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 2 (8 ounce) jars green olives, drained and chopped

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ bunch cilantro


  1. Brown the ground beef in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat until crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Pour off any excess grease, then stir in the onion and garlic; cook for 2 minutes before adding the red pepper, green pepper, raisins, olives, tomato paste, water, and cilantro. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes, or until the peppers have cooked to your liking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

539 Calories
28g Fat
45g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1786mg 78%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 43mg 217%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1216mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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