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Traditional Cuban Picadillo Recipe

Cuban style ground beef with peppers, onions, tomatoes and olives
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: cuban
Servings: 4
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Cari


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Lb ground chuck beef 80/20
  • ½ Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Large onion chopped
  • 4 Large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Green bell pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1 Red bell pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 2 Large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • ¼ Cup dry white wine
  • 2 Teaspoons cumin ground
  • ¼ Teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ Cup of Queen olives pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive brine from the olive jar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, stir in the ground beef and salt.
  • Once your beef is browned, drain out half the liquid and fat then return back to the stove at medium heat.
  • Add the onions, green peppers, garlic and tomatoes. Stir well and allow it to cook a few 5 minutes.
  • Once your onions have become translucent, add the tomato sauce, wine, seasonings, olives and olive brine.
  • Lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, add additional salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 641mg | Potassium: 668mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1682IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4mg