Picadillo Cubano (Cuban Ground Beef Dish)

This classic Cuban ground beef dish is quick and easy, and is great over rice. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or empanadas |mycolombianrecipes.com

Picadillo Cubano is a simple, but satisfying popular Cuban dish. I like it because it’s easy to prepare and tastes brilliant. The flavors of this dish are incredibly intense and rich. You’ll just have to go and make it yourself to see what I mean.

You’ll love every bite of this dish, I promise.

Picadillo Cubano (Cuban Ground Beef Dish)

This picadillo recipe is a cuban picadillo recipe made with ground beef. You can serve it with rice or use it as a filling for empanadas |mycolombianrecipes.com

Buen provecho!



(About 4-6 servings)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, to your taste
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of stuffed Spanish olives, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup of raisins

Picadillo Cubano (Cuban Ground Beef Dish)


  1. Place a sauce pan on medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
  2. Add the beef and brown, stirring occasionally, then add the cumin, oregano, bay leaf, onion, bell pepper, garlic and season with salt and pepper.Cook for about 10 minutes more.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, white wine, olives and raisins. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and serve over plain white rice.
  5. This classic Cuban ground beef dish is quick and easy, and is great over rice. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or empanadas|mycolombianrecipes.com

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  1. Brandy says

    Do you think I could throw all of this in a crockpot for a couple hours & really let the flavors meld? Sounds yummy!

    • Heydel says

      Diane, I see people say things like that all the time but, in Cuba we never mix yellow rice with beans. We found that kind of weird. just FYI. thnx

  2. Anne says

    I learned how to make picadillo from my Cuban college roommate back in the 60s. I’d forgotten how good it is and made it for dinner tonight. Big hit and great recipe.

  3. Rose says

    I didn’t have raisins or olives but made the recipe with the remaining ingredients. My husband loved it! He had a second helping and then packed the leftovers for lunch the next day. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Ruby Hume says

    This is delicious. I’ve made it so many times with Arroz con Coco, avocado and sweet plantains or patacones. Uhmmmm…. just like my Mom’s.

  5. Miriam says

    Hello Erica,

    I have been looking for something like this recipe for ages! thank you!

    could you please clarify; stuffed olives- what are they stuffed with (is it pimiento rojo) and also the tomato sauce – do you mean ketchup or is it liquidized tomato or tomate frito?

    Many thanks and looking forward to trying this recipe

    Miriam xx

    • Erica Dinho says

      Green olives stuffed with pimento and it’s not ketchup…..you can find tomato sauce next to canned tomatoes at the grocery store.

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