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Cuban Picadillo Recipe with Ground Beef

User Rating 4 Star Rating (14 Reviews)


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This picadillo recipe is a cuban picadillo recipe made with ground beef called picadillo santiaguero. You can serve it with rice or use it as a filling for empanadas and papas rellenas.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium white onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 small green pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 small potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 8 to 10 green olives (pitted)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for sautéing


1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.

2. In a fruing pan, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onions, green pepper, and garlic until soft.

3. Add the ground beef mixture, beef stock, and tomato sauce. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

4. Add the diced potato. Cover and cook another 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are done.

5. Remove the cover. Add the olives and cook uncovered 15 minutes or until the liquid is fully evaporated, but the meat is still moist.

6. Serve the picadillo warm with rice or let cool and use as a filling for empanadas and papas rellenas.

Serves: 4 - 6 servings.

User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
, Member Amy_Nic

Good recipe but if made as directed would be a bit greasy. Brown the beef first, then drain off the grease. Next, add onions, spices, and finish cooking. I omitted potatoes, added corn, bay leaves, and a few dashes of Goya Mojo. Makes a great empanada filling.

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