Cuban-Style Picadillo


There are many variations of picadillo. This is a savory and traditional Cuban home-cooked meal with ingredients that are readily available in any supermarket. Do not omit wine, as it's really important to the flavor of this dish. Serve with garlic and onion white rice, black beans, and fried ripe plantains. Garnish with strips of ham and roasted red pepper.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • 2 potatoes

  • salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 1 green bell pepper, minced

  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

  • 2 cups dry red wine

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained and chopped

  • ½ cup capers, drained

  • ¼ cup golden raisins

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot with enough water to cover; season with salt. Bring the water to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the pot, and cook the potatoes at a simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; cook and stir the onion, green bell pepper, and garlic in the hot oil until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes.

  3. Crumble the ground beef into the onion mixture, breaking the meat into smaller pieces as you mix; cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain as much fat from the mixture as possible.

  4. Stir the red wine, tomato sauce, olives, capers, golden raisins, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into the ground beef mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the wine had reduced significantly, 25 to 30 minutes.

  5. Peel the cooled potatoes and cut into chunks.

  6. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the potatoes in the hot oil until browned, about 5 minutes.

  7. Gently fold the cooked potatoes into the simmering ground beef mixture; cook together 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

471 Calories
22g Fat
30g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 1338mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 39mg 194%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1073mg 23%

* 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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