Picadillo Recipe Mexican Style with Ground Beef (Picadillo de Res)

This is a super tasty picadillo recipe Mexican style that I think you’re going to love. I have to apologize to the authentic Mexican recipes foodies here: I’ve been going through a very hard time in my life lately and I have not had the motivation to share anything new on the blog. But life goes on, and my Mexican friends and I are back in the kitchen, and today this Mexican picadillo recipe is going to wet some appetites out there–I guarantee it!

The name picadillo stems from the Spanish word “picar”, which means to chop up, which is what this is: chopped up meat, mixed together with a few other ingredients. This is an easy Mexican recipe because it uses relatively few ingredients, and so it’s perfect for authentic Mexican food recipes newbies!

You’ll find a semi-botched version of picadillo served in Taco Bell and the other Tex-Mex style fast food chains around the world. picadillo recipe Mexican styleBut this is the true, authentic Mexican version of the recipe. You’ll find picadillo served in Mexican households throughout the country, and there are a few variations of the dish, but my amiga Mexicana tells me this is the most authentic version of the picadillo dish that you’ll find.

Inside of Mexico, you’ll find authentic Mexican picadillo recipes served in concinas economicas (cheap diners), at the street vendor stands in D.F. inside of tacos de guisao (stew tacos). Sometimes you’ll even find chiles rellenos stuffed with picadillo, which are super delicious, or it will be used as a stuffing for quesadillas, sopes, or gorditas, in different snacks and appetizers, and so on. Picadillo is of the more versatile traditional Mexican recipes in the cuisine!

Personally, I suggest you serve it as a main dish with sides of Mexican rice and refried beans, and then inside hot corn tortillas or on top of fresh tostadas. I’m not going to include those in this recipe: just the core ingredients for the Mexican picadillo dish. So with that, here we go:

Prep & Cook Time: 1 hour

Picadillo Recipe Mexican Style Ingredients (serves 4):

1/2 kg lean ground beef
4 big tomatoes
1 medium finely chopped white onion
1 garlic clove
10 cilantro branches
4 bay leaves
1/2 kg cubed carrots
1/2 kg cubed potatoes
1 cup fresh chickpeas
1 chicken stock cube
black pepper to taste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
chile chipotle to taste (no more than two; otherwise it will be too spicy)
1/2 cup water

Picadillo Recipe Mexican Style Cooking Directions:

Add vegetable oil to a stew pot, add 1/2 chopped onion, and then once fried add the lean ground beef until cooked thoroughly. Stir it a bit.

While the meat is cooking, to a blender add the tomatoes, the water, the other 1/2 onion, your garlic clove, and chipotle chiles. Blend them thoroughly and then strain the mixture and set aside for later.

Add the potatoes, carrots, and the chickpeas to the pot, and stir them for 5 minutes.

Stir in the blended sauce, season with the chicken stock cube, some pepper to taste, and your bay leaves for this picadillo recipe Mexican style!

Cover and bring to a boil. Add more water if it gets too dry. Once boiled, reduce heat to low and cook for another 15 minutes until the veggies are completely tender–but not mushy. Mexican picadillo recipes must be a bit runny; not too dry or watery.

Serve your authentic Mexican picadillo recipe with the rest of the food you’ve prepared, however you prefer (recommendations in the introduction of this recipe), and then enjoy your authentic Mexican picadillo dish!

This authentic Mexican recipe is delicious and I think if you give it a try, you’re going to love this picadillo recipe Mexican style! Provecho, mis amigos cocineros!

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  1. Claudia
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Carlos, Hope all is well with you. Thank you for yet another fantastic recipe.

  2. Posted October 9, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Claudia, and you’re welcome! Today, life is good 🙂

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