Cuban-style picadillo is a traditional dish made with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and other ingredients. Here are some potential benefits of this delicious dish:

  1. Protein: Ground beef is an excellent source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting the immune system, and maintaining healthy skin and hair.
  2. Vitamins and minerals: Tomatoes and onions provide important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and folate.
  3. Fiber: Many of the ingredients in Cuban-style picadillo, including onions, garlic, and peppers, are high in fiber. Fiber is important for digestive health and can help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.
  4. Flavorful ingredients: Cuban-style picadillo typically includes a variety of herbs and spices, such as cumin, oregano, and bay leaves, which add flavor to the dish without relying on added salt or fat.

Overall, Cuban-style picadillo can be a nutritious and flavorful addition to a balanced diet.

Classic Cuban-Style Picadillo

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • To make classic Cuban-style picadillo, you will need the following equipment:
  • Large skillet or frying pan
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Garlic press (optional)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Additionally, you may want to use a food processor to quickly chop vegetables such as onions and bell peppers, but this is not strictly necessary. A mortar and pestle can also be used to crush garlic instead of a garlic press if desired.


  • tbsp olive oil
  • small onion, chopped
  • ½  green  bell pepper, chopped
  • 1  clove garlic, minced, or more to taste
  • 1 pound  lean ground beef
  • 1  (8 ounce)   can tomato sauce
  • 6  large pitted green olives, quartered
  • ½  cup  raisins
  • 1 tbsp capers (Optional)
  • 2  (1.41 ounce)  packages sazon seasoning (such as Goya®)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1  teaspoon  white sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Step 1
    Gather all ingredients.
  • Step 2
    Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium intensity; cook and mix onion, ringer pepper, and garlic, onion in the hot oil until relaxed, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Step 3
    Add ground meat into the skillet; cook and mix until brittle and totally carmelized, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Step 4
    Mix pureed tomatoes, olives, raisins, tricks, cumin, sazon preparing, sugar, and salt into the ground meat blend. Cover the skillet, decrease intensity to low, and cook until the blend is warmed through, 5 to 10 minutes.