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Puerto Rican Picadillo

A delicious easy ground beef recipe, that uses Puerto Rican sofrito as its base seasoning and can be used as a filling for pastelillos and alcapurria. This quick picadillo recipe is an absolute must try dinner for those busy weeknights!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sofrito
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper seeded & chopped
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper seeded & chopped
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce goya brand
  • 1/4 cup olives with pimento sliced
  • cilantro for garnish
  • salt for taste


  1. Start by adding the olive oil inside a medium sized pan over medium to high heat. Sauté the sofrito for two to three minutes. After your sofrito is slightly brown, turn down the heat to low-medium, and add in the yellow onion with the bell pepper chopped mix. Stir occasionally for two to three minutes. 

  2. Thereafter, pour in your tomato sauce, sliced olives, and add your ground beef. Stir the picadillo until it is evenly mixed and bring heat to medium. Cover pan to hold in moisture and to cook the beef faster. 

  3. Uncover pan occasionally to stir the picadillo. Once the beef is browned and well done, you may lower heat to reach your desired sauce consistency. However, the picadillo should not be runny. Serve with white rice, salt for taste, and use chopped cilantro as garnish. 

Recipe Notes

  1. Ground turkey may be used instead of ground beef.
  2. Homemade sofrito (recaíto) is always better than the store-bought kind. You will get a more fresh flavored picadillo using homemade sofrito (recaíto).
  3. Tostones and platanos maduro make a great side to this dish.