30 Minute Puerto Rican Style Picadillo

This 30 minute Puerto Rican style Picadillo is loaded with traditional spices, olives, and sofrito, making it the perfect weeknight meal.

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Dinner, Lunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ⅓ cup sofrito
  • 1 lb ground beef (lean)
  • 1 tsp sazon seasoning
  • 1 tsp adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leafs
  • 1 (15oz) can of tomato sauce
  • ⅓ cup pimento stuffed olives, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro to garnish


  1. Start with olive oil, onions and peppers in a pan over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes, until the onions become translucent.
  2. Add sofrito and sauté another minute before adding in ground beef. While the ground beef is browning, break it up with a wooden spoon.
  3. Next add sazon, adobo, bay leaves, and tomato sauce. Mix to evenly incorporate everything into the beef. At this point, add olives and water before bringing to a boil.
  4. Lower to a simmer, cover slightly and cook for 10 minutes or until beef is fully cooked. Add salt to taste, garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice, plantains, or pan de agua.


  • Crockpot Picadillo: follow the directions as instructed up until step 4 (just before lowing the temperature to a simmer and covering). At this step, transfer everything to your crockpot and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Instant pot Picadillo: follow the directions as instructed, sautéing everything directly in your Instant pot. At step 4, cover the Instant pot and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

Keywords: Picadillo, Puerto Rican Picadillo