Mexican Picadillo

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This Picadillo recipe or as my grandma called it, carne molida con papas, is a Mexican comfort dish made from a mixture of ground beef, potatoes, and tomatoes. Picadillo is the perfect filling for tacos and gorditas.

cast iron skillet filled with carne molida picadillo

Every country, region, and family has their own special recipe, for example, Cuban picadillo is made with olives, capers, and raisins.

All the ingredients in picadillo are chopped. “Chopping” in Spanish is “picar”, which is where this dish gets its name. 

diced tomato, onion, and jalapeno

This Mexican picadillo is the way my grandma and mother always made it! My grandma was born in Chihuahua and my mom was born and raised in El Paso.

Tacos de picadillo were always a regular dish growing up and continues to be a family favorite. The best part is that picadillo is economical, simple to make, and versatile served as a main entree or as a filling.

On nights when I’m not quite sure what to make for dinner, this picadillo recipe comes to the rescue!

Mexican palm basket on a marble surface filled with a Roma tomato, onion, garlic and two potatoes

What makes this picadillo recipe special

Variations

  • Make it healthy by substituting ground beef with ground turkey or ground bison.
  • Make it spicy by adding diced jalapeño or serrano to the mixture.

How to make Mexican picadillo

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 2 minutes, until translucent.
  • Add ground beef and brown. Using a potato masher, mash meat so you have small pieces of meat with no big chunks. Drain off excess grease.
  • Add garlic salt, pepper, tomatoes, and potato and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, until potatoes are done. Salt to taste.

Watch this video to see how simple this picadillo comes together.

How do you like to serve picadillo? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

 

Mexican Picadillo

This Picadillo recipe or as my grandma called it, carne molida con papas, is a Mexican comfort dish made from a mixture of ground beef, potatoes, and tomatoes. Picadillo is the perfect filling for tacos and gorditas.
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil       
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 pounds  ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt    
  • 1/2   tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano, diced (optional)
  • 1 large russet potato or 2 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and finely chopped

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 2 minutes, until translucent.
  • Add ground beef and brown. Using a potato masher, mash meat so you have small pieces of meat with no big chunks. Drain off excess grease.
  • Add garlic salt, pepper, tomatoes, jalapeño if using, and potato and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, until potatoes are done. Salt to taste.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 953mg, Potassium: 583mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 531IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 3mg

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Photos by Jenna Sparks