Thursday, October 22, 2009

Picadillo or Cuban minced beef and an award!

After eating at Davids Cafe on our trip to Miami I was craving Cuban food, but have never made it before, so googled recipes and combined a few.
Here's my first picadillo or Cuban minced beef with rice, yummy we all enjoyed this one.

  • one pack of lean beef
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 3 bay leaves
  • one tablespoon cumin powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • a little masala powder, I know not Cuban but couldn't resist!
  • 2 tablespoon tomato puree
  • ground almonds ( I used the coffee grinder!)
  • unfortunately I didn't have chopped olives but will add next time
  1. saute the onions in olive oil with crushed garlic for 5 minutes
  2. then add cumin powder, masala powder and mince/hamburger meat for saute for another 5 minutes
  3. add some water and tomato puree, bay leaves, almond, salt and pepper to taste, turn to low and simmer slowly for 30-45 minutes
Serve with rice and vegetables, I ate it with carrots and brusell sprouts not in the picture as not very Cuban he he.


Oh and what's your favorite cuban dish and is it on your blog!

and finally I got another award today from Janice of Farmergirlskitchen, remember she did an amazing guest post for us on cranachan an authentic Scottish desert I love her blog it reminds me of home LOL

I wish to give her the friendship award in return, oh and pass it along to The Kitchen Witch a cool blog, and guess what she is also married to an Indian!



  1. this looks delicious! I dont have that much experience with cuban food, but I live a good mojo.

  2. Yum! I had a professor in culinary school who was cuban and I loved when she made food from her country, it was soooo good!

  3. Many, many years ago I had my first Cuban food in Miami in a little homey diner. Black beans and yellow rice. And a mango shake. Black beans, saffron, and mangoes were new to me then. I love them still and use them often.

  4. LK: oh i hear you lol
    Sarah: oh thats cool you got to have the real stuff
    linda: oh its wonderful when we discover new foods lol

  5. Yum!! It's been a while since I've had Cuban food. Looks very tasty.

  6. The Cuban dish looks marvelous. I love all the spices you used. Congratulations on the award!

  7. I've never had Cuban food, but this sounds really good! I wouldn't be able to resist the masala powder either :)

  8. Congrats on the well-deserved awards!

    I've never tried Cuban food before. I told that to my Cuban friend and she looked at me like I had 3 heads. I think she's dragging me to eat some Cuban food soon.

  9. It looks great--I really liked the batch I just made for the cookbook I am testing. A different recipe with raisins and olives. It's fun to try new things.

  10. I have never had cuban food but this looks tasty.

  11. Really yummy beef dish! Congratulation on your award!

  12. We must be on the same Cuban wave length Rebecca. We made Cuban sandwiches in our pannini press yesterday for lunch.

  13. This looks super delicious. I love cuban food and it is actually the next Regional Recipes country. You should consider submitting this to blazing hot wok! (The details are on my last blog post).

    My favorite Cuban foods tend to have yucca and plantains in them. But I love everything about Central American cuisine.

  14. I love Cuban food,My uncle's wife is from Cuba and she makes the best picadillo! That looks great.

  15. Congrats on your awards...

    Minced beef looks great...

  16. Jenn: got to love Cuban food
    fresh local and best: your meat loving hubby would love it
    eating RD you would love it
    Sophia: oh you need to go soon lol
    deb: oh yeah when i started cooking I realized i didn't have raisons or olives!
    Sophie: u are one of them lol
    passions and soapboxes thanks for stopping by and thanks on the food
    Palidor: thanks
    Sam clever minds think alike!
    Joanne cool event thanks for letting me know
    Erica: thanks
    Malar thanks so much

  17. I always wondered what a Picaillo was - this looks so delicious! Congrats on your award!

  18. Thank you for the friendship award. When I started blogging I would not have believed how you could make friends over the net, but I have loads now. Always a pleasure to visit you blog.

  19. cuban interesting. I haven't yet given it a go...but looks like I have to. thanks for sharing this into cuba!

  20. Reeni oh i didn't either till a couple of weeks ago!
    Janice you are more than welcome your lovely
    Jhonny you will have to try it lol

  21. Hey Reb-you've become quite the expert with world cuisine as well as photography!! Never tried Cuban food-but this recipe sounds great :)

  22. thanks Sweta your so sweet oh this week had Cuban Indian and French!!!

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  24. This looks a little like ropa vieja but with less tomatoes - am I crazy? In any case, looks lovely and could PROBABLY be made in slow cooker, no?

  25. Congrats on the award, Rebecca! What an experience trying something new. I bet you hbby loves it too!

  26. My favorite Cuban dish is anything with roast pork.

    I love cuban food.

  27. Mardi: i guess it was my first Cuban dish so you could be right lol
    my little space: yep he loved it lol
    hummingbird: oh i bet thats good lol



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