Picadillo is a traditional Cuban dish made with ground beef, onions, green olives, green bell peppers, raisins, garlic and tomatoes, stewed together and seasoned with cloves and cinnamon. This dish can be served alone, over rice or as a stuffing mixture in empanadas. Personally, I love it over rice. Served up family style this dish can serve a crowd or just a few.Β This dish is economical, easy to prepare and can be made in batches for freezing for later use.

(Cuban Style Hash)
Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons canola oil
1-4″ inch stick cinnamon
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, halved
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-lbs. ground beef
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cups raisins
3/4 cup green pimento-stuffed olives, halved
1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained, crushed
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add cinnamon stick, onions, and peppers; cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add half the ground cinnamon, oregano, cloves, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it browns, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; add raisins, olives, and tomatoes. Cook until liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes. Stir in remainder of ground cinnamon, almonds, and vinegar.

47 thoughts on “Picadillo

  1. Hey Velva,This sounds fantastic. I don't eat beef. But bet this would be divine with ground chicken πŸ™‚ BTW yesteday I saw this cuban movie, ' Personal belongings'. So I was indeed wondering about cuban food.Thanks for the ' timely' post πŸ™‚


  2. Yum Velva, this looks great! I had a little bit of some layer dip, you know the mexi-dip, but I really was wishing it was chili, or this would have hit the spot! My tummy though is still not quite back to normal, and I hope it will be soon, so I can eat my beloved foods…


  3. I have a house full of guests right now with the second wave arriving Monday. This dish is perfect! Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!


  4. Looks great! I have a friend who makes picadillo like you and makes little hand pies with it. She calls them pastelillos, but whatever you call it, the picadillo is delicious!


  5. Velva, this sounds so very good. Now that I have had cinnamon in a savory dish, I'm interested in trying it in more recipes, such as this. I luv all the ingrdients so will save this to try very soon! Thank you so much for sharing this. It's a new recipe to me so I can't wait.


  6. The first thing I thought was \”Oh yum!\”I'll definitely have to be giving this a try, I've never had it before but the flavors would be perfect. A little sweet and savory.


  7. It looks so pretty! I'm curious about the combination of flavors in this one. I'm going to have to break down and try it soon. Thanks for being my 100th follower!!


  8. Hi Velva, That dish sounds interesting… I would never have thought of using cinnamon and/or raisins with a dish like that. Interesting!!!!! I may have to try that one.. Thanks for sharing!!!!Hugs,Betsy


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