Ofelia's Cuban Picadillo
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5 from 2 votes

Ofelia's Cuban Picadillo

Ofelia's Delicious Authentic Cuban Picadillo is to die for! This is one recipe everyone needs to try at least once in their life.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: olives, picadillo, raisins, white wine
Servings: 8
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Chef Rodney


  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 1 Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 8 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Finely Diced
  • 3 Tomatoes Diced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 Cup White Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Spanish Green Olives Chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Capers Chopped


  • In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic and cook until onions become soft (about 4 to 7 minutes). This is called "sofrito" and is the base of the dish.
  • Add the lean ground beef and cook until browned.
  • Add the tomato paste, dry white wine, olives + 1 Tablespoon of brine, capers + 1 Tablespoon of brine, and raisins and cook covered over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  • Uncover, stir and simmer uncovered for an additional 15 to 20.
  • Best served over fluffy white rice. Garnish with chopped red pimientos and le sueur petit pois (optional).


→ Make sure you use LEAN Ground Beef for the best flavor.
→ Can also be served with a fried egg on top or with crispy fried cubed potatoes.
→ If you can't find Stuffed Green Olives you can substitute with "Manzanilla Olives" stuffed with minced pimiento.
→ You can substitute the Ground Beef for Ground Turkey.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 21.9mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3.5mg