Homemade Picadillo

Picadillo is a traditional Latin American dish, perfect for family dinners. This hearty, flavorful dish combines ground meat with vegetables and spices. Here’s a simple homemade Picadillo recipe that your members will love:


  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 potato, diced and cooked (boiled or fried)
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Begin by chopping the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. If you’re using potatoes, dice and cook them beforehand.
  2. Cook the Meat: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground meat and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks.
  3. Sauté the Vegetables: Add the chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the skillet. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Combine and Simmer: Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, olives, and raisins to the skillet. Stir in the cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
  5. Add Optional Ingredients: If you’re including potatoes, peas, or carrots, add them now. Stir to incorporate.
  6. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low and let the Picadillo simmer for about 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  7. Serve: Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve the Picadillo hot, over rice, with tortillas, or as a filling for empanadas.


  • Customize: Feel free to adjust the spices and add-ins to suit your taste.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Picadillo also freezes well for up to 3 months.

Enjoy your homemade Picadillo, a comforting and versatile dish that brings a taste of Latin America to your table!


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