Recipe of the Week: Picadillo a la Habanera

This delicious Cuban dish is not only traditional for Cuba, but in fact one well loved by many! Used as a main course and filler for empanadas and papas rellenas, its duality is much appreciated by cooks, bellies and taste buds! You might also recognize it, as it is the Cuban version of the beef hash. 


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 6-8 servings



  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  • ½ cup pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 small box raisins
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • Salt & pepper, to taste



  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, green pepper and garlic. Add the ground beef and cook until brown. Be sure to break up any large chunks of beef and drain any excess oil/fat
  2. Add the tomato sauce, cumin, oregano and olives. Lower the heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes
  3. Add raisins, salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for five minutes and serve immediately


Best served with: White rice, tostones, black beans and rice.