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Cook Your Way Out Of Covid - Miami Beef Picadillo.

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

Make no mistakes. Greater Miami is one of USA’s greatest cities; its soul is Latino through and through. It is therefore, no surprise that when it comes to food, comfort is found in hearty home-cooked dishes and nothing screams Miami more than this mouth-watering beef recipe coming straight from Cuba! #FoundInMiami

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1 medium-large yellow onion diced

  • 6 garlic cloves finely chopped ½ bell pepper diced

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • ¾ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup whole green olives stuffed with chilli

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ¼ cup capers drained

  • 16 ounces of tomato sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium-size frying pan, brown the ground beef with a dash of cumin and pepper, drain off any excess fat and set aside.

  • Heat 2 tbs of olive oil over medium-low heat and cook the diced onion until soft.

  • Add the chopped garlic and cook until almost golden.

  • Mix in the bell pepper, cumin, pepper and a little salt (just a pinch as the olives and capers are salty already).

  • Add the ground beef and the wine. Let the liquid reduce.

  • Add raisins and tomato sauce and cook for 5 more minutes

  • Add the olives and capers.

  • Continue cooking over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the sauce thickens too much, you can add some more wine or a little bit of water. Taste and adjust any seasonings: salt, pepper, cumin or additional olives/capers.

  • Serve with rice, kidney beans and a small salad.

Notes: You can also use ground chicken or turkey or quorn in place of the ground beef

Need a recap? Check out Chef Juan’s video by clicking here

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