Abuela's Picadillo

Abuela's Picadillo

World Cuisine Latin American Caribbean

This is my grandmother's Cuban picadillo (ground beef hash/chili) recipe which is usually served with white rice, beans and plantains. Picadillo also goes great with mashed potatoes and can be made without the squash. This dish is a favorite at home so I usually make 2 pounds to have leftovers for making empanadas (meat pies) the next day. Picadillo also freezes well. Of course my kids say this is the best picadillo they've ever had and I have to agree!

Servings per recipe: 8
Calories per serving: 378
Preparation time: 15m
Total cooking time: 1h 22m


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup red cooking wine
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Louisiana┬«)
  • 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning (such as Badia┬« Tropical┬«)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground bay leaf
  • 3 ounces Spanish-style olives
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes


  • 1   Cook and stir ground beef in a large stockpot until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain grease.
  • 2   Heat olive oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir into beef in the stockpot.
  • 3   Pour tomato sauce, water, cooking wine, and hot sauce into the stockpot. Stir in sazon seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer picadillo, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • 4   Split olives in half with your fingers and stir into the picadillo. Add squash. Simmer until liquid reduces but picadillo is not dry, 45 to 60 minutes. Season with salt.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 22g 34%
    Saturated Fat 7.0g  
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 1856mg 74%
Potassium 965mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 16%
Protein 24.1g 48%
Sugars 6g  
Vitamin A 13628IU  
Vitamin C 43mg  
Calcium 94mg  
Iron 4mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 11mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 76mg  
Folate 53mcg