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 and today, let’s try Picadillo!
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!
- 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
- - 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.
- - 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.
- - 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.
- - 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…!