Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew

One of my favorite classic Cuban dishes is Picadillo Cubano, which has proven its deliciousness time and time again. Ground beef cooked in tomato sauce with onions, garlic, raisins, stuffed Spanish olives and wine, provides a rich and comforting dish.

Last week I was craving this dish, but didn’t have ground beef at home, so I decided to make a Beef Stew in the slow cooker with the same flavors of Picadillo Cubano. Served with a steaming side of white rice, this was simply the perfect way to bring warmth to a cold day.

This Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew is a wonderful and simple meal for the whole family.

Buen provecho!

Slow Cooker Cuban-Style Beef Stew



  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground oregano
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of stuffed Spanish olives, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup of raisins


  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Place the beef and the rest of the ingredients, except the olives and raisins, in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low 7 hours or on high 4 hours.
  3. Add the olives and raisins one hour before the cooking time is finished.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Serve over plain white rice.
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  1. Carmenza Reese says

    Ericka, thank you for bringing up to me the colombian dishes. I did the choriz0 and beef picadillo and was really delicious. however, I did not have all the required ingredients such as olives, raisins and red wine; but I substituted some of them and place carrots, celery, cabbage and white wine instead. My husband loved it as well myself. Thank you again.

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