Cuban picadillo (vegan recipe)

This flavorful and comforting recipe has been a staple in Cuban cuisine for generations, and it's easy to see why. With a savory mix of ground beef, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and warm spices, this dish perfectly balances sweet and salty flavors that will leave you wanting more. Whether you're a fan of Cuban cuisine or looking to try something new, this hearty and versatile dish will surely impress!

Transport your taste buds to the sunny streets of Cuba with this delicious and classic dish – Picadillo Cubano.

Two plates with white rice topped with cuban picadillo and plantains.

About this recipe

This flavorful and comforting recipe has been a staple in Cuban cuisine for generations, and it’s easy to see why. Thankfully I grew up eating Mexican and Cuban picadillo; both were a staple in my home and so flavorful.

The savory mix of ground beef, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and warm spices, this dish balances sweet and salty flavors that will leave you wanting more. I make my picadillo vegan with the help of lentils or faux meat.

Whether you’re a fan of Cuban cuisine or looking to try something new, this hearty and versatile dish will surely impress. So let’s dive into the world of Cuban flavors and discover the magic of Picadillo Cubano!

vegan ground meat, olives, raisins, green bell pepper, garlic and tomato sauce measured for picadillo cubano.

Ingredientes for the picadillo cubano

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How to make Cuban picadillo

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and green bell pepper, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the ground beef ( vegan ground beef or lentils) to the pan and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat into small pieces. Add the wine and let it evaporate.

Add the tomatoes, thyme, bay leaf, raisins, and olives to the pan—season with salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

How to serve the picadillo

Serve the Picadillo over white or brown rice, plantains, and black beans. You could also make vegan empanadas with it.

Cuban picadillo variations

Classic Picadillo Cubano: The classic version of Picadillo Cubano is the recipe you’ll find in the recipe card. This version has raisins and olives, which some people ad capers too. It is typically served over white rice with a side of black beans.

Picadillo Cubano con Papas: This version of Picadillo Cubano includes potatoes added to the dish along with the other ingredients. The potatoes add a hearty texture to the dish and make it more filling.

Picadillo Cubano con Chorizo: This version of Picadillo Cubano includes chorizo, a spicy sausage added to the dish, along with ground beef. The chorizo adds a smoky and spicy flavor to the dish, making it more flavorful and interesting.

Cuban picadillo in a cast iron pan.

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Cuban Picadillo, vegan recipe

Alejandra Graf
This flavorful and comforting recipe has been a staple in Cuban cuisine for generations, and it's easy to see why. With a savory mix of ground beef, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and warm spices, this dish perfectly balances sweet and salty flavors that will leave you wanting more. Whether you're a fan of Cuban cuisine or looking to try something new, this hearty and versatile dish will surely impress!
5 de 2 votos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine cuban
Servings 8 servings
Calories 161 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 12-in large skillet I like to use an iron cast pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (vegan ground meat)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes fresh or canned
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup of green olives sliced
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and green bell pepper, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef ( vegan ground beef or lentils) to the pan and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat into small pieces. Add the wine and let it evaporate.
  • Add the tomatoes, thyme, bay leaf, raisins, and olives to the pan—season with salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Notes

Serve with cooked white rice, black beans, and fried plantains.
If you have leftover picadillo that you would like to store, here are some guidelines to help keep it fresh and safe to eat:
Let it cool: Allow the picadillo to cool to room temperature before storing it in the refrigerator or freezer.
Store in an airtight container: Place the picadillo in an airtight container, such as a plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
Refrigerate or freeze: Store the picadillo in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to label the container with the date it was stored so that you can keep track of how long it has been in the fridge or freezer.
Reheat properly: To reheat the picadillo, heat it up in a pot over low to medium heat, occasionally stirring until heated. Alternatively, you can microwave it in a microwave-safe container for a few minutes.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 397mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 158IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 2mg
Keyword faux meat, picadillo

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