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Paleo Picadillo

Louise | August 19
Paleo Picadillo

This Paleo Picadillo recipe is an easy one-pan meal that is full of Cuban-inspired flavor.

Juicy raisins, zesty olives, tomato and beef are simmered together for a quick weeknight dinner that tastes like you spent hours cooking.

And don’t forget to cook a batch of cauliflower “rice” to enjoy with it!

Recipe Modifications and Substitutions

  • You can use any ground meat that you have in your refrigerator or freezer instead of ground beef. Ground pork is a great substitute for ground beef!
  • You can use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of beef broth.
  • Be sure to use tomato sauce and not pasta (or spaghetti) sauce. You can usually find tomato sauce in grocery stores on the shelves with diced tomatoes, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, etc.
  • You can use 1 cup (240 ml) of canned tomato puree instead of tomato sauce. Just make sure that there isn’t any added sugar in the tomato puree.
  • However, you can also use 1/2 cup (120 ml) of tomato paste blended with 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water as well. This is in addition to the 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of tomato paste that is used in the recipe to sauté with the ground beef and ground cumin.
  • If you don’t have any raisins in your pantry, you can substitute them with dried currants or chopped pitted dates to give you the hint of sweetness that is unique to Cuban picadillo recipes.
  • Of course, you can omit the raisins if you want a lower carb dish or if you just don’t care for raisins. However, they bring a bit of sweetness to the dish that helps balance the saltiness from the olives.
  • If you like spicy food, feel free to add a bit of red pepper flakes or hot sauce to the recipe.

Other Paleo Ground Beef Recipes

If you want an American-version of picadillo, then you should try my Super Easy Paleo Sloppy Joes Recipe. And don’t forget to make some gluten-free rolls to enjoy with the sloppy joes!

My Paleo Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls is another easy one-pan dinner that gives you all of the taste without all of the hassle of traditional cabbage rolls.

And if you want another one-pan dinner that is full of flavor, then try my Paleo Mexican Tacos that you can enjoy wrapped in a lettuce “shell” or topped on shredded lettuce as a taco salad.

If you love leftovers or are cooking for a lot of people, then my Paleo Lasagna Recipe with Eggplants is definitely for you.

My Paleo Meatloaf with Mushrooms and my Paleo Meat Lover’s Quiche Recipe are also great recipes if you love leftovers.

And if you missed loaded fries, then you have to make my Paleo Chili and Guacamole Topped Parsnip Fries Recipe as soon as possible.

Of course, no list of ground beef recipes would be complete without a burger recipe, and this Keto Umami Burger Recipe is one of my favorite burgers of all time.

And if you are hungry for even more Paleo ground beef recipes, be sure to check out these 22 finger-lickin’ good Paleo burger recipes.

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Paleo Picadillo

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Cuban


  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 1 red pepper (4 oz or 120 g), diced
  • 1 white onion (4 oz or 110 g), diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1lb (450 g) ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground cumin
  • 1 cup (240 ml) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) beef broth
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) pitted green olives
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) raisins
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
  3. Add the tomato paste and ground cumin to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, until the beef is slightly caramelized.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, beef broth, green olives, and raisins to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve the picadillo by itself or with your favorite Paleo side dish.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs per serving: 18 g


  • Serving Size: ¼ recipe
  • Calories: 412
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Fat: 24 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 4 g