Cuban Beef Picadillo (Picadillo Alvarez)

Cuban beef picadillo is a traditional dish made with ground beef, potatoes, onions, garlic, cumin, bell peppers, white wine, tomato sauce, raisins, olives and capers.


1 lb ground beef
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium large yellow onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3 small potatoes, peeled and cut in small pieces
¾ cup dry white wine
½ cup whole green olives, stuffed w/ pimentos
½ cup raisins
¼ cup capers, drained
16 ounces of tomato sauce (2 8 oz cans)
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium-size frying pan, brown the ground beef with a dash of cumin and pepper, drain off any excess grease, and set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tbs of olive oil over med-low heat and cook the diced onion until soft
  3. Add the chopped garlic and cook until almost golden.
  4. Mix in the bell pepper, cumin, pepper and a little salt – not too much as the olives and capers are salty.
  5. Add the potatoes pieces and cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the ground beef and the wine, let the liquid reduce.
  7. Add raisins and tomato sauce when the potatoes are about half-cooked (a knife can easily through the first part but the center is still very firm).
  8. .....
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