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Quick Picadillo

Quick Picadillo

  • Author: Ontario Beef
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Quick Meals
  • Cuisine: Latin American


This Latin American dish is an easy and inexpensive weeknight meal. Ground beef is sautéed with tomatoes, onions, olives and red peppers, and served over rice or quinoa.



1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil

1 lb. (500 g) lean ground beef

1 red pepper, diced

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste

2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin

1 can (398 mL/14 oz) diced tomatoes

1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced green olives

Salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Optional garnish: chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up large chunks, until browned and cooked through; about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add red pepper and onion; cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until onion starts to soften. Add garlic, tomato paste and cumin. Stir to combine and heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes and green olives. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot over rice or quinoa. Sprinkle with cilantro, if using.


  • Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of raisins with the pepper and onion.
  • Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) of capers with the olives.
  • If you are looking to increase the spice level of this dish add 1 tsp (5 mL) of hot red pepper flakes and ½ tsp (2.5 mL) of smoked chipotle chili powder in with the garlic and cumin.
  • Use this as a filling in empanadas.
  • To reduce sodium, use ¼ cup of sliced olives.
  • If you are not a fan of olives try finely dicing them before adding. They do add flavour that is unique and authentic to this dish.


  • Serving Size: 1.25 Cups
  • Calories: 331
  • Sugar: 5.1 g
  • Sodium: 466 mg
  • Fat: 21.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 24.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 68 mg