Picadillo Recipe (Cuban Sloppy Joes)

Here’s a delicious recipe for Picadillo, a Cuban dish similar to Sloppy Joes. It’s a flavorful and comforting dish perfect for a family dinner.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with: cooked white rice, toasted bread, or buns


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, garlic, and sauté until softened for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to the skillet and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, tomato paste, raisins, olives, cumin, chili powder, paprika, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve the Picadillo over cooked white rice or toasted bread/buns. You can also garnish with additional sliced olives.

Enjoy your delicious Cuban Picadillo! It’s a tasty, comforting dish perfect for a family meal.

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