Classic Cuban Picadillo

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
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 Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
4 servings 10 minutes 30 minutes
  • 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 = 5 Smart Points

PER SERVING: 230 calories; 10g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 3g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 0.5g sugar; 30g protein

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  1. Sidney Hardie Reply

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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. 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!

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