Grandpa’s Picadillo

For the month of January I participated in a Ladies Only Challenge with 10 other foodies in which we had to make a dish using 10 ingredients or less not including salt, pepper, and oil. Picadillo is a dish that Cuban people eat that was brought over from Spain and being that my grandfather was Cuban/ Spaniard and would have been 92 years old this past January I thought it only fitting to make a dish in his honor.

For this dish you will need the following ingredients pictured below (cumin not pictured but did add to the meat):




  • wash white rice (rinse and drain) then place into a middle saucepan
  • add 1 1/2 cup of water
  • add about 1 tbsp of salt and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (or oil of your prefer)
  • place on high heat and once boiling reduce to low heat and cover with lid and let cook for about 15 minutes
  • once finished leave covered but remove from heat for about 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork


  • use Goya ready made black beans
  • remove from can into small sauce pan
  • add 1 tsp of pepper and 1 tsp of salt and stir
  • warm up on middle heat until hot

Picadillo (ground beef)

  • heat about 1tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (whatever oil you prefer) in a pan
  • add half of 1 large diced onion to pan stirring occasionally
  • once onions are a little browned add 1 tbsp of minced garlic to pan and stir
  • add about 3/4 pound of ground beef (I use organic grass fed beef)
  • add 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp complete seasoning, 1 tbsp cumin to meat, stir
  • once meat is almost done add diced green olives
  • mix together and let simmer for a few minutes until flavors are mixed together


Enjoy as you like! I like to pour my beans over my rice with the meat on the side along with half an avocado.



  • 3/4 pound good ground beef
  • 1 cup rice
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Badia Complete seasoning (sazon completa)
  • about 12 Manzanilla Olives diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • half of a large onion diced
  • 1 cup Goya ready made black beans
  • half an avocado


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