Picadillo is a staple of Dominican food. It is used to make empanadas, pastelitos, or just served with rice and beans. I like this recipe for my tacos. It is easy to use and goes perfectly well with the beans.

Serve with white rice and beans, use in tacos, or use as stuffing for empanadas or pastelitos.



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Half bell pepper
  • Half red onion
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 3 big pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1 tsp capers
  • Freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
  • Cilantro to taste
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • Sazon to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano (preferably Dominican)
  • 1 tbsp (or to taste) Worcestershire sauce

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-hot heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Stir well and cook until onion are translucent and bell pepper begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Add ground beef and stir while breaking down the meat with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle sazón, pepper, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. Continue to cook beef until brown while stirring and breaking up occasionally.

Step 3

Once the beef is browned, add tomato paste, olives and capers. Let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in lime juice, and cilantro. Stir them in. Serve.