If you’ve never had it/heard if it before, picadillo is a traditional and popular dish that is a staple in Cuban cuisine. It’s basically a tender stew of ground beef and tomatoes, with cinnamon and/or raisins added for sweetness, and olives added for salt.

It’s typically served over rice, but also works great as a stuffing for empanadas, quesadillas or wraps. It smells and tastes heavenly, and is the ultimate in Cuban comfort food. This recipe is favorite of my kids’ and always gets gobbled up. They eat it with the rice, and my husband and I just ate it as is.

To keep it healthy and Weight Watchers friendly, I just used an extra lean ground beef and used cinnamon instead of raisins. It was incredibly fast and easy to make, and was absolutely divine. Truly a satisfying and indigent dish that is totally guilt free. I highly recommend giving this one a try!

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Classic Cuban Picadillo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Get a mouthful of delicious Cuban cuisine with this traditional picadillo recipe! A soft and fragrant stew of ground beef inane tomatoes, simmered with salty green olives.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 225 kcal
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup green olives (pitted)
  • 2 tbsp olive brine
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the anon and garlic, and saute until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add in ground beef, and cook, while breaking up with a wooden spoon, until well browned.
  3. Stir in cumin, cinnamon, salt & pepper, bell pepper, tomatoes, bay leaves, vinegar, cilantro, olive brine, and olives.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer for about 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is about 1 cup

Each serving = 4 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value

Nutrition Facts
Classic Cuban Picadillo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.8g 14%
Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 269mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 8.6g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 25.5g 51%
Calcium 3%
Iron 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  2. Same problem as above with not being able to print. When I copied and pasted to a Word doc, it would only print the ingredients and not the instructions. Can you fix this? Thanks!

  3. I liked it but something was missing… raisins and toasted, slivered almonds. A tablespoon of each per serving (1/4 cup of each added to the recipe) adds 2 smart points for a total of 7 per serving and, more importantly, it adds lots of flavor (salty, sweet, savory, crunchy.)

  4. I cannot seem to print any of your recipes. The pictures prints when I press ‘Print Friendly’ but the recipe below it does not print. What am I doing wrong?

    • The printer function didn’t work for me, either. I copied the text and pasted it into a word document to print.

  5. Katie Pruiett Reply

    Looks great! Is it 5 on the new points plus? Or 5 on the old WW program? Thanks!

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      This recipe is 5 Smart Points, which is the newest program.

  6. Cathy Kupke Reply

    The ingredient list calls for two tomatoes but the instructions say to add tomato sauce. So I am confused. Many thanks for any clarification. We always love your recipes!

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      I haven’t, but I imagine it would work wonderfully!

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