Tuesday, May 8, 2012


One of my husband's favorite meals is Picadillo. Picadillo is a typical Hispanic ground beef dish. It is basically a ground beef mixture consisting of some type of tomato or brown sauce. There are many variations to this simple, yet delightful dish and this is my version. Easy to make, full of flavor and the leftovers are stellar - How could you go wrong? I know that the idea of raisin in a savory dish probably doesn't appeal to you but I promise you, it gives it that "something else". 

Cook Time: < 30 mins
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 large onion or 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb grass-fed lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 small can of organic tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp of cumin
  • 1 Tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of hot sauce (optional)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic to the skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until soft. Place the onion mixture in a side bowl.

Add ground beef to the pan and stir and crumble until thoroughly cooked through. 

Drain the excess grease and add the onion mixture into the pan with the meat. 

Add the remaining ingredients and incorporate everything well. Bring the heat down to low and cover the pan. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes (or longer if your prefer).

 Serve immediately over rice, mashed potatoes or how ever you'd enjoy.

Nutritional Info for 1/4 recipe:
Calories: 230 ; Fat: 9g ; Carbohydrate: 13g ; Fiber: 2g ; Sugar: 7g ; Protein: 25g


  1. oh man that looks good. I am going to have this to my list of things I want to make.

  2. Just looking at this gorgeous dish makes me feel exotic ;)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. I like to make picadillo with pasta for hubby in winter. A truly satisfying and delicious dish.

    1. I agree, it is a true comfort food dish. Warms my belly and my heart.

  4. MMM we love picadillo at my house! It's totally bad but my grandma has always made it with adding fried potatoes on top. Double starch, gasp I know, but it's SO worth it.

    Yours looks delectable! :D Great Job!

    1. my aunt adds the crushed potato chips on top... :) it is awesome! So I can imagine fresh fried potatoes

  5. Yummy! And we love that you used grass fed beef:)