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Easy Cuban Picadillo

My girlfriend gave me this delicious recipe years ago. I’ve made it ever since for family and friends, and they all love it. My daughter loves to take leftovers to school for lunch the next day. —Marie Wielgus, Wayne, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with pepper and onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, olives, raisins and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until raisins are softened, 5-6 minutes.
  • Serve with rice. If desired, top with fresh cilantro to serve.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup beef mixture with 1/2 cup rice: 363 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 683mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Marie
    Jan 31, 2021

    Pretty Pretty Pretty Good! With leftover rice, this makes for a snappy weeknight meal, yet tasty enough to make on the weekend, too. Try it. You'll be glad you did -- Enjoy!

  • Katie
    Jul 1, 2020

    This is simple and delicious. As others mentioned, I added garlic. I also used golden raisins v. traditional because we like them better. They are a tad more expensive but worth it.

  • Aaron
    Jun 29, 2020

    This was so easy to make and tasted GREAT! Will make again in the future.....

  • LPHJKitchen
    Sep 26, 2018

    This recipe was so easy to make! Flavors went together perfectly! A great weeknight dish!

  • Susana
    Feb 27, 2018

    I added garlic, bay leaf, cumin and a can of drained black beans. It was great!!!

  • recipehound54
    Aug 6, 2017

    Like some other reviewers, I didn't think that a recipe this easy could taste this good. I was wrong! My husband and I both loved it. Flavorful but not overpowering. I might use a dash of red pepper flakes next time I make this dish but it stands well as written. I used 93% lean ground beef so there was no fat to drain off. Supper can be ready, start to finish, in half an hour!

  • Yo-meggie
    Sep 21, 2016

    I was kinda skeptical because this looked so easy and didn't have additional spices... but it was a big hit! I added additional veggies like jalape?o, garlic and green tomato cuz I could. The only thing I would change would be to add more raisins. This was bangin'.

  • kibbeyhouse1
    Jul 31, 2016

    No comment left

  • ahmom
    Jul 7, 2013

    Very good! I don't know why I was afraid to make this for years!

  • MsKudzu
    Sep 15, 2012

    Tried this for the first time yesterday. Loved it. I added a little garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes. Served it with brown rice. Will definitely make this again.