Instant Pot Picadillo

Instant Pot Picadillo is a Cuban recipe I grew up eating and is always on rotation in my house because it's the most requested dish by my kids and it's so easy to make.

Picadillo is the most requested dish by my kids and it's so easy to make. We love it served over brown rice (or cauliflower rice) with this quick cabbage slaw or a salad on the side.
Instant Pot Picadillo

I have recreated my stove top picadillo recipe for the slow cooker but many of you have been asking for me to convert this for the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) so I was happy to do so! This turned out great in the pressure cooker and only took 15 minutes not counting pressure time.

Helpful Tips

When converting from slow cooker to instant pot, the ingredients stay the same, the only thing that changes is you can saute in the same pot and the time is much quicker.

What To Serve With Picadillo

We love it served over brown rice (or cauliflower rice) with this quick cabbage slaw or a salad on the side. Leftovers are great to pack for lunches or I use the meat to a second meal for the week such as air-fryer picadillo empanadas, stuffed peppers, tacos, quesadillas and more! This also freezes well for make ahead-meals.

My family loves this beef version but I also make a Turkey Picadillo, if you prefer. You can also dice up potatoes to make Picadillo with potatoes, it's delicious!

How To Make Picadillo in the Instant Pot

Picadillo is the most requested dish by my kids and it's so easy to make. We love it served over brown rice (or cauliflower rice) with this quick cabbage slaw or a salad on the side.
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Instant Pot Picadillo

207Cals25Protein5Carbs8.5Fats
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 15mins
Total Time: 25mins
Yield: 6Servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American, Cuban, Latin
Picadillo is the dish I make the most in my home. It's the most requested by my kids and it's so easy to make. Great over rice, in tacos and more!

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lb93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2large chopped onion
  • 2clovesgarlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1teaspoonkosher salt
  • 1/2red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2tbspcilantro
  • 4oz1/2 can tomato sauce (I like Goya)
  • 1tspground cumin
  • 1-2bay leaf
  • 2tbspalcaparrado, capers or green olives would work too

Instructions

  • Press saute button, when hot brown meat and season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up into small pieces until no longer pink.
  • Add onion, garlic, tomato, salt, pepper and cilantro and stir 1 minute, add alcaparrado or olives and about 2 tbsp of the brine (the juice from the olives, this adds great flavor) cumin, and bay leaf. Add tomato sauce and 3 tablespoons of water and mix well. Cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes. Natural or quick release and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 generous cup, Calories: 207kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 8.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 4
Points +: 4
Keywords: cuban picadillo, instant pot picadillo, Picadillo recipe