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Mexican Picadillo Recipe

You’re going to love this amazing Mexican picadillo recipe.

It consists of ground beef and veggies simmered in a delicious sauce.

It’s a simple, flavorful, comforting and inexpensive meal that will have your family asking for seconds!

The best part about it is it makes enough to have leftovers the next day!

Who doesn’t love leftovers?

If you enjoy this recipe then you’ll also love picadillo soup!

mexican picadillo over white rice on a green plate.

Picadillo is a family favorite in my house.

My kids can be pretty picky sometimes but this recipe isn’t something they complain about.

It’s super easy therefore making it a perfect weeknight dinner option.

This is one of the ultimate comfort foods in my opinion. This and fideo loco. Which is a very similar dish but with noodles.

What is picadillo sauce made of?

This picadillo sauce is made from canned tomato sauce, water and spices.

It is simmered with ground beef and vegetables resulting in a delicious and flavorful sauce.

Some recipes will call for fresh tomatoes instead of a canned sauce.

This Mexican picadillo is a very adaptable recipe so work with what you have in your kitchen.

What do you eat picadillo with?

Picadillo is typically served with rice.

You can also serve it with warm flour or corn tortillas.

It’s also great as a filling for empanadas or gorditas.

Is Picadillo Spicy?

Picadillo can be either spicy or mild.

It’s totally up to you.

If you look at the ingredient list down below you can see I have listed a jalapeno and two cans of El Pato hot tomato sauce.

To me it really isn’t even that spicy.

However if you are especially sensitive to spicy food then I recommend substituting green bell pepper for the jalapeno.

I would also suggest using regular tomato sauce instead of a hot tomato sauce.

Mexican Picadillo Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 of a white onion (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 potatoes (diced)
  • 1 whole carrot (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno (diced) (optional)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cans of el pato hot tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • cilantro (optional)

Mexican Picadillo instructions

Make sure you have all the vegetables diced before you begin cooking.

It just makes things easier and faster.

Diced vegetables for Mexican picadillo

Now brown the ground beef over medium high heat in a large pot.

Once browned transfer to a large paper towel lined bowl to absorb all the grease.

But make sure to leave about 2 tablespoons worth of grease in the pot.

I used 73% lean and 27% ground beef so mine left a lot of grease.

browned ground beef

Now add the onion, garlic and jalapeno to the pot.

Saute for a few minutes over medium heat.

Then add the potatoes, carrots and spices. Stir.

vegetables for picadillo in a pot

Next add the ground beef, tomato sauce and water. Stir well.

picadillo

This is the tomato sauce that I use.

el pato hot tomato sauce

It is a hot tomato sauce.

But honestly the picadillo didn’t taste very spicy.

My kids were still able to eat it.

But if you are especially sensitive to spicy foods you can always use a regular tomato sauce.

Bring picadillo to a boil over medium high heat then cover and reduce heat to medium low.

Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.

Garnish the cooked picadillo with chopped cilantro if desired.

Serve the picadillo over some white rice or with warm tortillas or both.

picadillo in a pot

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Mexican Picadillo

Mexican picadillo is a delicious meal made from ground beef, vegetables and spices. It’s best served over white rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican picadillo, mexican picadillo recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 435 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 potatoes diced
  • 1 whole carrot diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cans el pato hot tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Dice all vegetables before cooking.

  2. Brown the ground beef over medium high heat in a large pot.

  3. Then transfer to a large paper towel lined bowl so the grease can drain.

  4. Leave about 2 tablespoons of grease in the pot.

  5. Now add the onion, garlic and jalapeno to the pot.

  6. Saute for a few minutes over medium heat.

  7. Then add the potatoes, carrots and spices. Stir.

  8. Add the ground beef, tomato sauce and water. Stir well.

  9. Bring the picadillo to a boil over medium high heat then cover and reduce heat to medium low.

  10. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.

  11. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

  12. Serve over white rice.

Recipe Notes

If you use a leaner ground beef you’ll need to use a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil to brown the ground beef.

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Picadillo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 735mg21%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 11.7mg14%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you liked my Mexican picadillo recipe then you should also give Puerto Rican picadillo a try!

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Gianna A

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

I love this recipe! I noticed when I first made it, it wasn’t “wet” enough? Do you suggest adding canned diced tomatoes to help with this issue?

Carissa

Thursday 7th of April 2022

You can add a little more water if you like.

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