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picadillo in a pot

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


  • 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


  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.