Making your own Cuban picadillo couldn’t be any easier, and the whole family will love this unique combination of ingredients! Gluten free, and served paleo too if you wish, this one skillet dinner is a winner!
This recipe is out of this world. Do you think I thought that when I originally saw various versions of it floating around?
Nope, most definitely not!
But all the interesting ingredients totally made me curious (kind like my paleo chicken marbella), and as many recipes as were out there…this HAD to be tasty!?
And let me tell you…it did NOT disappoint!
All the unique flavors marry so perfectly in this dish, and the whole family has loved this both times I have made it. Even my picky dad went back for seconds…always a good sign!
Give this a go, it is so easy to make a real, family-pleasing dinner!
Paleo Cuban picadillo serving suggestion?
Rather than serving this over rice, we love this served atop garlic mashed sweet potatoes.
Boil sweet potatoes until tender and puree in the food processor with allowed butter/ghee, couple cloves garlic, and sea salt! Or try these baked sweet potatoes!
I bet garlic mashed plantains would be good too! Or sautéed plantains, drool!
Want some more quick and easy paleo dinners?
- Asparagus pasta also combines some fun flavors for a fabulous sheet pan dinner!
- This easy chili is definitely that…EASY! My kids like to make this one.
- My Instant Pot pulled pork uses only two main ingredients!
- I use almond flour or crushed pork rinds in place of the breadcrumbs in this parmesan crusted pork chops!
Cuban Picadillo Recipe:
If you try this savory paleo ground beef dish, be sure to come back and leave a review and comment below!
Easy Cuban Picadillo
This quick and easy ground beef skillet meal combines a surprising mix of ingredients for a flavor explosion!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 medium sweet bell pepper chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 3 tablespoons capers
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
Optional Add In:
- 1 can black beans
- diced avocado
- chopped cilantro
- sautéed plantains see recipe here
- steamed sticky rice
- garlic sweet potato mash
Heat a large pan with a lid over medium heat.
Sauté the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
When the beef is mostly cooked through, add the remaining ingredients (add the drained black beans here as well if you so choose).
Bring to a low simmer, and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes to let the flavors meld and permeate one another.
Serve atop a bed rice or garlic sweet potato mash and garnish with chopped cilantro and avocado.
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Susan Williams says
Here is a recipe that is quick and so delicious with its unique ingredients whose flavors compliment each other. It’s a winner!
Glad you liked it Susan!
I just made this tonight after enjoying your Paleo Pepperoni Pizza Casserole the last couple times I made it. Both dishes are a hit and we’re scouring your site for more recipes now! My husband’s been trying to eat less carbs and your site is full of great food ideas. Thank you so much for the awesome recipes!
Tessa Simpson says
Hi vanessa! So glad you enjoyed it….I love the way these surprising ingredients come together too…..hopefully you are able too find some more family winners! If I can help in anyway, please let know….we are low carb practiced!
Tessa Simpson says
Also, we have a lot of family favorite dinners from others that are on my Paleo/grain free dinner board (if we make something and like it, I generally leave a comment): http://pinterest.com/tessadomesticdi/paleograin-free-main-dish/
This sounds so good, and I would definitely include the cilantro or coriander as we call it in the UK as it’s our favourite herb:-) Thanks for sharing!
April Harris says
What a unique combination of ingredients, but your picadillo sounds absolutely delicious! I love all the fresh and wholesome ingredients 🙂
Tessa Domestic Diva says
Thanks April, we love it!
Katie @ Mexican Wildflower says
I love picadillo! My Mexican version is similar to this. 🙂
Tessa Domestic Diva says
I think we have lots of similar taste buds katie…me and Mexican food are very good friends!