Authentic Mexican Picadillo


Picadillo is a popular dish in most South American cuisines. It is made with lean ground beef (or can be made with ground turkey as well), tomatoes, potatoes, and other ingredients. This authentic recipe will bring the flavors of Mexico to your plate.

close up view of Authentic Mexican Picadillo served with white rice garnished with fresh herbs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 6 tomatoes

  • ¾ cup water

  • ¼ onion, halved

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 serrano pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 (7.75 ounce) can Mexican-style hot tomato sauce (such as El Pato®)

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cubed

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring 6 whole tomatoes to a boil in a small pot. Transfer to a blender. Add 3/4 cup water, onion halves, and whole garlic clove. Blend until smooth.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and serrano pepper. Cook until onion is transparent. Add minced garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chopped tomato and cook for 1 minute more. Add ground beef; cook until browned, about 8 minutes.

  3. Pour canned tomato sauce into the beef mixture. Cook for 2 minutes. Mix in potatoes and carrots. Cook for 2 minutes; add the blended tomatoes, jalapeno, chicken bouillon, cumin, and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well, reduce heat, and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
20g Fat
24g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 33mg 166%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 979mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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