Picadillo Cubano

While I was baking in the sun the other day, contemplating a Caribbean vacation,  my thoughts trailed off to matters of the Latin Cuisine. So I booked a trip to New Orleans and planned to cook some Latin food instead. Picadillo Cubano is (despite its name) a Columbian dish, and in just a few simple steps you can create a bit of Latin flair in your kitchen! The original recipe came  with raisins, but being that I’m not too fond of them, I omitted them. Feel free to reintroduce them to the reicipe!


Picadillo Cubano

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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What you’ll need:

1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground oregano
1 bay leaf
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup spanish olives
salt and pepper to taste

optional 1/3 cup raisins

Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, olives and white wine (and raisins if you choose), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.

Remove the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve over white rice.

Bon Apetit!


Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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