Skillet Picadillo Recipe


Are you tired of making the same old dinners week after week? It’s time to get a little out of your comfort zone and channel the inner Cuban in you. I would love to introduce you to an easy ground beef dish that your whole family will love. Best of all it’s made in a skillet and in a half hours time.

My toddler loves Mexican food (and I do too). But my husband can only eat so many tacos in one week. I use to make this easy Skillet Picadillo recipe for my husband and I when we were first married some 9 years ago.

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Like most recipes you make often you take a break, and then somewhere in the mix picadillo just left our monthly dinner plan. Earlier this year, after our new baby arrived I felt like I was making the same old meals week-after-week.

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You might wonder how that’s possible for a food blogger, but we too get in dinnertime ruts. We develop delicious tasting recipes but at the end of the day we want easy too.

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That’s when I had the ah-ha moment and remembered that way back when I use to make picadillo once a month and we loved it. Since my picky threenager loves ground beef and loves Mexican food I figured he probably would love this.

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Boy, was I right! He loved the ground beef and he felt like it was a big treat that there were olives in the meal. He loves olives and whenever we serve salad with dinner he always steals all the olives off our plates (despite my effort of putting a few on his plate).

File 1 Skillet Picadillo

This is a pretty low prep type of meal. I would suggest chopping and dicing all the fresh ingredients and setting them to the side. You could even do this a night in advanced if you really wanted to make this even easier dinner prep (minus the cilantro — I would recommend doing that once it’s time to cook).

I like to serve the skillet picadillo over a bed of white rice and my Instant Pot black beans. If you want to switch things up I dare you to break out of your comfort zone and try this recipe for skillet picadillo. 

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Skillet Picadillo Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz
Bring a little taste of Cuba into your home with an easy and family-friendly recipe for Skillet Picadillo, made in just 30 minutes! It’s great for tacos, too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 348.94 kcal


  • 1 Lean Ground Beef
  • 0.25 White Onion chopped
  • 0.25 Bell Pepper chopped
  • 2 Garlic minced
  • 1 Plum Tomato diced
  • 2 Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Tomato Sauce
  • 1.5 Ground Cumin
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 0.25 Manzanilla Spanish Olives
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet brown the lean ground beef on medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat apart (for about 5 minutes) until its just about cooked and no longer pink.
  • Then add in the onion, bell pepper, garlic, diced fresh tomato, and cilantro. Mix well then add in the tomato sauce, ground cumin, bay leaf, and Manzanilla Spanish olives. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 20 minutes with the lid on. *If the picadillo is looking a little thick you can add in 1/4 cup of water to thin out the sauce. Stir occasionally. Once the picadillo is done, divide evenly among plates and serve on top of rice. 


Calories: 348.94kcalCarbohydrates: 8.5gProtein: 19.56gFat: 23.13gSaturated Fat: 8.5gTrans Fat: 1.25gSodium: 182.44mgFiber: 0.44gSugar: 4.63g
Keyword Dinners, Easy Dinners, Family Meals and Snacks, Ground Beef
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