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Cuban Picadillo Recipes

Updated on November 3, 2013
Cuban Picadillo over Rice
Cuban Picadillo over Rice

Picadillo might not be as well known a Cuban black bean soup, but its just as much a traditional (and delicious) dish.

Basic picadillo is a minced beef hash, usually served with rice and/or black beans. The seasonings in picadillo always include onions, cumin and peppers. Regional additions can include raisins or olives for some added flavour.

So if you are interested in trying a taste of Cuban food, here are a couple basic picadillo recipes you can whip up at home.

Picadillo Recipe #1

  • 3 tb olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped white onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup olives (with pimentos)
  • 1/2 cup raisins

First, saute the onion, garlic, pepper along with the bay leaf in olive oil until the onion is soft. Add in the ground beef and keep cooking until it is thoroughly browned.

Turn down the heat and add the tomato paste, cumin, white wine and water. Let it heat until it comes barely to a boil then turn the heat down again to keep it simmering. Cook the mixture for half an hour.

Slice up the olives, and add them along with the raisins to the pan. Keep simmering for 15 more minutes, then pick out the bay leaf. Serve your picadillo over rice.

Picadillo Recipe #2

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 sliced green olives with pimentos
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar

In a large skillet, saute onion, garlic, bay leaves and cumin until the onion starts to get soft. Mix in the ground beef and keep cooking until the meat is well browned.

Add in all the rest of the ingredients, and simmer until the mixture starts to thicken up. It should only take about 10 more minutes at this point. Remove the bay leaves, and serve hot.


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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      It looks very tasty! Have you ever had a Cuban or Dominican Plantain Casserole? The ingredients seem slightly similar.