How to make Picadillo : The Easy Way

Ok ok, listen, I have to be honest with you. This is a super easy take on a traditional picadillo recipe. However, it’s not 100% authentic. I’m all about working smarter not harder, especially as a busy mom and on days I’m on the go. So while I won’t be roasting chiles and making my own concoction of spices in a molcajete in this recipe, I can promise you this is a dish you’ll enjoy!

I LOVE winter season, I live in SE Texas tho so eating warm cozy comfort food isn’t always fun. Especially in 100 °F weather. I LIVE for the whole two weeks of winter we get here, and one of my favorite dishes I love making to warm us up, is picadillo.

Picadillo a is a dish consisting of ground meat, chopped veggies, smothered in a tasty tomato sauce that is typically served over Mexican rice. I love making this because not only is it easy, its also inexpensive, and you can bulk it up with tons of veggies to feed plenty of people. Today, I’m going to be showing you how to make it the easy way!

What you’ll need:

• 1 lb ground beef

• 1 small onion

• 1 tsp minced garlic

• 1 large carrot

• 1 bell pepper (or any green vegetable you want, peas, green beans, etc)

• 2 small potatoes

• a handful of cilantro

• 2 tblsp of knorr chicken bouillon

• 12 oz can of V8 vegetable juice OR can of tomato sauce ( Using V8 juice is a great way to sneak in veggies if you have picky eaters!

•Salt and pepper to taste

optional: Chiles in adobo sauce

pic: Canva


  1. Prep all of your veggies. Wash, dry, peel, and chop! Set them to the side.
  2. In some oil saute the onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent, add in your ground meat and season to taste.
  3. Once meat is nearly done, add in your veggies and continue to cook for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in your tomato sauce ( or V8 juice ) , 1/4 cup of water , your knorr, and bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  5. Once vegetables are fork tender and and all of the flavors have cooked well together you can serve over mexican rice, make picadillo filled quesadillas, or even burritos!
  6. Garnish with Queso Fresco and cilantro and ENJOY!

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