Picadillo Pies Recipe
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Quick and easy hand pies using a type of classic Cuban picadillo ground beef filling.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Cuban
Serves: 12 hand pies
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. salt.
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 2 small cans (6 oz. each) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope Sazón Goya with saffron
  • ¼ cup dry white wine (the cheaper, the better)
  • 1 small box of raisins
  • 2 packages Refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crust
  • butter - a small amount to grease the muffin tin
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, green pepper and garlic until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the ground beef and brown over medium heat.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue cooking until meat is tender and completely cooked through. About 25 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425°
  5. Let picadillo cool completely.
  6. Grease muffin tin slightly with butter. Mostly just around the bottom.
  7. Cut approximately 5″ round circles from pie crust. (I used what I had handy in my kitchen. I’m going to run out and get proper circle cookie cutters for next time, but that’s not important right now.) You can get about four 5 inch crusts out of the pie crust and then I combine and roll out the remainder for the tops.
  8. Stuff these into the greased muffin tin.
  9. Spoon cooled picadillo into the pie crust.
  10. Using the leftover dough, roll it out to seal and Cut 3″ circles from the scraps of the pie crust.
  11. Stretch these out just slightly to make tops of the pies.
  12. Press the top and bottom edges of pies together to seal. With a knife, make some slits on the top to vent. You can also just poke a hole in the middle. That works, too, but isn’t as cute.
  13. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until crusts are brown. Allow to cool for a bit before serving.
Recipe by My Big Fat Cuban Family at https://www.mybigfatcubanfamily.com/2016/07/picadillo-pies-recipe/