Picadillo, which means “small bits and pieces,” is a sweet-and-savory spiced ground- meat mixture from Latin America. Serve with warm corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003




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  • If using eggs, place in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes. Drain; let cool; peel and slice.

  • Meanwhile, cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling it with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain off fat.

  • Add oil to the skillet. Add onion, 1/4 cup scallions and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add raisins, olives, tomato paste, water and the browned meat; stir to blend. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season with pepper. Garnish with the remaining scallions and the hard-cooked eggs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; protein 26.5g; carbohydrates 24.7g; dietary fiber 3.6g; sugars 13.4g; fat 12.8g; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 70.3mg; vitamin a iu 1104.1IU; vitamin c 7.5mg; folate 22.9mcg; calcium 73.2mg; iron 4.5mg; magnesium 47.5mg; potassium 759.1mg; sodium 605.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
I don't eat much beef but I bought some ground meet that I wanted to find an interesting recipe for. This recipe was quick and delicious. I served the picadillo in tortillas with the sliced hardboiled eggs on top and a dollop of fat free sour cream. I didn't have golden raisins so I used regular raisins. I also substituted an 8oz can of tomato sauce for the paste and water. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was really good and simple. I used the lean ground beef and cooked the chopped onion with the beef. I've never had it in a tortilla but my family enjoys it with instant brown. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I made this tonight and it was ok not great. the cuman was too overpowering. I eat this 3-4 times a month in sophie's cuban in NYC so i may be a bit bias as to what i think it should taste like. I may try it again but ill cut the cuman in half and use beef stock instead of water. Also the cinnamon add's an interesting flavor. It's not usually served with the eggs but i did it and it was a very nice addition. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Quick easy and delicious. It's a great combination of ingredients we love it! the only change I make - instead of tomato paste and water I use one 8-oz can of tomato sauce. Dawn charlotte nc Read More
Rating: 1 stars
NOT picadillo This is not picadillo. Picadillo is ground beef with chopped onions diced tomatoes chopped green bell peppers and chunks of boiled potatoes seasoned with a chicken bullion and salt. It can have cheese on top if you like and is served with corn tortillas. No one serves it with hard boiled eggs. Who made this terrible recipe you're trying to pass off as picadillo? Pros: NONE! Cons: EVERYTHING!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this was very easy...I didn't have green olives so I used black and I didn't have golden raisins so I did use the darker ones...I have never had picadillo before so I don't know what to compare it to but this was very good and I will make it again (next time using the green olives). I ended up serving it with corn chips because I didn't have tortilla shells. Still I thought it was very good... beth m indianapolis IN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and very easy! This was good in tortillas for a quick meal but would also be a great empanada filling with the addition of hardboiled egg and olives. Will make this again. Amalia San Francisco CA Read More