Picadillo is a Latin American dish with many different variations based on location but sharing a common base of minced meat

Cuban Picadillo

Picadillo is a classic Cuban dish made with ground beef, spices, olives, capers and raisins. Picadillo is incredibly tasty and easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin
Keyword: cuban picadillo, ground beef, picadillo, picadillo beef
Servings: 6
Calories: 207kcal


  • ½ Large chopped onion
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • ½ Pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Cilantro
  • 1-1/2 lb. 93% lean ground beef
  • 4 oz. Tomato sauce 1/2 can, check label for Keto
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 1-2 Bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. Alcaparrado, capers or green olives would work too


  • Brown meat on high heat in large sauté pan and season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up into small pieces. When meat is no longer pink, drain all juice from pan.
  • Meanwhile, while meat is cooking, chop onion, garlic, pepper, tomato and cilantro.
  • Add to the meat and continue cooking on a low flame. Add alcaparrado and about 2 tbsp of the brine (the juice from the olives, this adds great flavor) cumin, bay leaf, and more salt if needed. Add tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of water and mix well. Reduce heat and simmer covered about 20 minutes.


Serving: 1/2 cup

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

Serving Size64g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories207
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 8.5g 14%
    • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Cholesterol 74mg 25%
  • Sodium 477mg 20%
  • Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 25g 50%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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