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basic puerto rican style picadillo
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Keyword Casual dining, Dinners, filling, topping
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • Large saute pan


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 lg onion small dice
  • 1/2 lg red bell pepper small dice
  • 2 tbsp sofrito home made or store bought
  • 2 packets sazon
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olives I use whole manzanilla olives, but sliced "salad olives" works well
  • 8 oz tomato sauce I use 1 can of goya
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp oregano


  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat brown your ground beef
  • Drain the rendered fat and add onions, peppers, sofrito, sazon, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes to soften peppers and onions
  • Add tomato sauce, water and olives. Stir and cover. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  • Re-season if necessary and it is ready to eat. Use it to top garlic mashed potatoes with sweet corn.
  • Or place on a cookie sheet to cool down to use later
  • I used it to fill baked empanadas