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Big Batch Saucy Picadillo

Big Batch Saucy Picadillo

  • Author: Isabelle Boucher
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This extra-saucy Cuban-style picadillo features ground beef simmered in a spiced tomato sauce with raisins and olives. Serve with white rice for a quick and comforting weeknight meal, or use it to fill empanadas or tacos, or use as the base for a fun twist on tamale pie.


  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 red onion, finely minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup stuffed green olives, sliced


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the beef and cook for 4-5 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking up any large clumps with a wooden spoon as you go.
  • Stir in the onions and garlic, and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes longer or until the onions are soft. Stir in tomato paste, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and cinnamon. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, raisins and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the olives. Serve immediately on a bed of cooked white rice, or set aside to cool and then spoon into freezer-safe containers for storage. Leftovers will keep for up to a week in the fridge, and up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cuban