Picadillo, a flavored ground beef from Cuba

Funny thing, I am French and I am sharing more cuban recipes (like this one or that one) here so far!  After all, I fell in love with a Cuban, his lovely Cuban family and his beautiful island.

Of course, at home, when it comes to cooking, I bring my French touch, el Cubano, his culture and well, we are in Canada so some North American flair too!  What a combo but that makes things in the kitchen more interesting.  I have discovered some Cuban dishes and then adapted them.  I have adapted French recipes because I could not find certain ingredients here.


I remember my very first shopping trip after arriving from France, I had orange juice in my basket and I was just walking around in looking in the aisles like you look at the paintings in a museum.  But that was 7 years ago, almost 8.  I can fill up my cart now, no problem!

Today, you might not need a special trip to the grocery store to make this recipe… It might already be in your pantry and fridge, otherwise, you can pop up quickly in a store and come back to this page!



Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/2 a green pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 medium-sized onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 350g of ground beef
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of purée of tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. - First, you need to prepare the sofrito.  It is a base in the Cuban cuisine.   Chop your onion, your garlic, cut in brunoise your green pepper and in dice your tomatoes.  Let it simmer.
  2. - Once it has cooked down a little, add your ground beef and cook it at medium heat.  Mix the sofrito and the ground beef together.
  3. - Once the ground beef has cooked a little bit, slow down the heat.  Add the purée of tomatoes, the cumin and the oregano, mix a little.
  4. - Add salt to taste and let it simmer until fully cooked.

This is a meat dish that is traditionally served with rice, black beans and a salad.  I love it!  If you have left over, I have a nice quick dinner fix but that is for another day…!

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