Picadillo is a classic Cuban dish that I’ve eaten since my childhood. It’s incredibly easy and versatile – which means it works great with white rice, empanadas, or papas rellenas.


How to Make It Low-Carb

Making picadillo low-carb and keto friendly is pretty straight forward!

  • Use 1 ounce of tomato paste and add 7 ounces of water to form a paste. Substitute this for the tomato sauce
  • Omit the raisins and add 1 tbsp of your preferred sugar alternative
  • Serve over cauliflower rice instead of white rice

Black Tie Kitchen - Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A classic, yet simple Cuban dish that's extremely versatile!


  • 1-1.3 lbs Lean Ground beef (92-93% lean)
  • 0.75-1 whole bell pepper (green or red)
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, depending on size
  • 8 oz of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup manzanilla olives (including the brine)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1.5 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add olive oil and allow it to heat up.
  2. Dice the onion, peppers, and the garlic (or optionally, use a garlic press on the garlic).
  3. Add the peppers and the onions to the pot - it should sizzle. Add some salt and sweat the onions (~5 minutes).
  4. Add the garlic, mix, and let sit for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  5. Add the meat directly into the pot. Add salt, oregano, and cumin. Mix to loosely incorporate the spices and the meat.
  6. After the meat has browned a bit (~5 mins), add the tomato sauce, raisins, and olives. Mix and allow to cook for at least another 10 minutes.
  7. Once the meat is an even brown color, it's ready to plate! You can let the meat simmer on low for longer, which will improve the flavor!
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 4 oz
Amount Per Serving Calories 291Total Fat 8.3gSaturated Fat 3.6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 70.9mgSodium 200mgCarbohydrates 27.3gNet Carbohydrates 24.8gFiber 2.5gSugar 17.6gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 25.4g

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