Friday, April 15, 2011

Yummm! Picadillo

After a DELICIOUS trip to Aruba, we mosey on over to Cuba this week, where our recipe will be for Picadillo, which is a traditional dish in Cuba that is similar to hash. It is made with ground meat (usually beef), tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute) and various seasonings.

Often accompanied with rice, the name comes from the Spanish word "picar," which means "to mince" or "to chop".


Recipe Courtesy of Recipe Island


1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
450g lean minced beef
60ml sherry
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
1/8 tsp salt
pinch of ground chilli pepper
45g raisins
160g diced pineapple (fresh or tinned)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
50g red bell pepper, chopped


Add a little oil to a large pan over medium heat and use to fry the minced beef, onion and garlic until the onion is tender and the meat is nicely browned (about 8 minutes). Drain off any excess fat then add the remaining ingredients (except the bell peppers). Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook gently for about 5 minutes. Stir-through the peppers and allow to warm through (about 2 minutes). Serve immediately with rice.

If you have a Caribbean recipe you'd love to share, be sure to email me!


  1. Thank you so much, B! I am super duper happy that a)you visited and b)you're going to be at Natural's Night Out in June!! Hooray!!

  2. I think my stomach needs to get familiar with this recipe! It's been a while since I ate real good Caribbean cooking...and that side of sweet plantain is looking real nice!

  3. Oh Yes! It was the plantain arranged just so around the dish that MADE the photo for me!!!!