Here is a classic Cuban recipe for ground beef that is typically eaten over white rice. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or empanadas. It's delicious with fried ripe plantains.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic, onion, and green bell pepper in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Crumble ground beef into the skillet; cook and stir until browned completely, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir olives, raisins, capers, tomato sauce, sazon seasoning, cumin, sugar, and salt through the ground beef mixture.

  • Cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook until the mixture is heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

350 calories; 18.5 g total fat; 74 mg cholesterol; 3572 mg sodium. 23.8 g carbohydrates; 23.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
This was wonderful! I added more olives (because we love olives), some of the olive brine (instead of more salt) and I didn't have any sazon so I improvised by mixing equal parts of coriander, cumin, achiote (ground annatto), salt and powdered garlic. Served with rice and fried plantains. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2017
I had high expectations for this dish but in the end we felt it was not as flavourful as expected. As I could not get the sazon seasoning for this recipe, I searched online to find one to make, and the mixture smelled wonderful. The only thing I substituted was red pepper instead of green. Read More
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113 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 83
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
This was wonderful! I added more olives (because we love olives), some of the olive brine (instead of more salt) and I didn't have any sazon so I improvised by mixing equal parts of coriander, cumin, achiote (ground annatto), salt and powdered garlic. Served with rice and fried plantains. Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
This was wonderful! I added more olives (because we love olives), some of the olive brine (instead of more salt) and I didn't have any sazon so I improvised by mixing equal parts of coriander, cumin, achiote (ground annatto), salt and powdered garlic. Served with rice and fried plantains. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2012
Great! I added cheese and left out the raisins but very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2012
i thought no one else made this! my recipe is way different though and takes longer Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2013
This recipe was really quick and easy which works well for weeknights. Our grocery store had different flavors of sazon so like another reviewer I found on online substitute which called for equal parts ground corriander cumin garlic powder and paprika. By using the substitute I was able to leave out the salt too. I didn't have pitted olives so I just used the standard green manzanilla olives 18 of them or 1/3 cup. Next time I'll finely dice these olives to have a more even distribution in the dish. I really liked the sweet of the raisins with the salt of the olives. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2013
There is a Cuban restaurant in the Miami Airport called La Carreta. They serve picadillo there but this has SO much more flavor - I love the sweetness of the raisins against the capers & olives along with all the spices. I make it with a good quality grass fed beef and on my 2nd try I added some of my mother in law's sofrito from Puerto Rico. She makes it with culantro but I can't find it here. I made it exactly like you said the 1st time around and it was awesome. I didn't find it too salty at all. It's in my recipe box:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2016
Deeeee lish!!! I didnt have sazon seasoning so i added garlic powder onion powder coriander oregano cumin salt pepper paprika. This is good with white rice. The raisins and olives and tomato sauce and green pepper are a must have. Also I removed some of the oil but not all of the oil. The cumin is a must have in this recipe. Also i soak the raisins in hot water to make them plump and soft. This is good with a fried egg on top! Make this for your family. They will love it! I'm from Miami so I had already made Cuban picadillo a bunch of times from another recipe. You can also add some fried potato to the mixture. I never tried it with capers though. My son loves it and now he and his wife make it all the time too. Thank you for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
What a yummy dish! I had about 3/4 lb left over turkey meat taco seasoned to use up this was the perfect reincarnation for it. I used a red pepper and after the saute added the turkey. I didn't have any tomato sauce so I added about 1 1/2 cup Goya caldo de tomate con pollo broth the other ingredients and let it simmer down and thicken. I also used golden raisins. Very nice simple recipe. I enjoyed this very much gracias danda22151. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2016
I have made picadillo multiple times and this is by far the best recipe I have found. Only changes I made were to pulse the onion, garlic and green pepper in the food processor instead of chopping, omitted the cumin and added extra olives and capers and 2 bay leaves. So quick and so good. I have even made it with ground venison and it was excellent. I will use this recipe from now on. Update - made this again and thought it needed a little something. Added 1/2 the cumin and it was great. Love this recipe. It couldn't be easier. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2015
Made it! My whole family loved it. At first I was worried it would be too salty because of the two packs of Sazon, but it was perfect. I didn't add raisins because my family doesn't like them, but I did add the capers because I had them on hand from making piccata yesterday. It was perfect. I served it with Tostones and Spicy Mayo and everyone gobbled it all up. My only recommendation would be to dice the olives a little more finely and I added about 20 small olives versus 6 large ones. Oh, and I didn't have any cumin, but It certainly didn't need it to be delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2017
I had high expectations for this dish but in the end we felt it was not as flavourful as expected. As I could not get the sazon seasoning for this recipe, I searched online to find one to make, and the mixture smelled wonderful. The only thing I substituted was red pepper instead of green. Read More
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