Picadillo Recipe

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Picadillo is a Cuban dish made with ground beef and potatoes. It’s the perfect addition to my ‘One Pound Ground Beef, Two Dinners for Two project.

This might look like a funny colored bowl of chili, but trust me: you’ve never had something that tastes quite like this! The sauce is tangy from the apple cider vinegar, and the chipotle peppers bring their heat and smokiness. The tiny cubes of potato make the dish creamy. We like to eat ours with tortilla chips or crunchy red bell pepper strips.

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It’s the perfect one-pan meal that can be a hearty appetizer or dinner for two. Dig into this one!

Tip: Use the other half of the meat for my Mushroom and Swiss Patty Melts with Spicy Brown Mustard.

Picadillo Picture

Picadillo Recipe

Christina Lane
Cuba’s Picadillo is a great, party pleasing dip. But it also doubles as a perfect meal for two!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 571 kcal


  • 1 Canola Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Garlic minced
  • 0.5 Lean Ground Beef 80% lean
  • 8 Tomato Sauce (1 can)
  • 1 Baking Potato very finely diced
  • 0.5 Powdered Beef Base
  • 0.5 Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo canned, minced
  • 0.25 Ground Cumin
  • 0.5 Salt
  • 1 Bay Leaf small
  • Fresh Cilantro about a handful, chopped
  • Tortilla Chips for serving


  • Heat a 10” cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the canola oil, onion, garlic and ground beef.
  • Saute the mixture until the beef browns, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain off excess grease with a paper towel (if desired).
  • Add the tomato sauce, and then refill the can with water and add it to pan. Add the remaining ingredients except the cilantro.
  • Simmer for 25-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through. If the pan ever looks dry, add additional water. 
  • Before serving, stir in the cilantro.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


Calories: 571kcalCarbohydrates: 46.5gProtein: 23gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1.25gSodium: 872.25mgFiber: 4.5gSugar: 7.5g
Keyword Cooking for Couples, Dinners, Ground Beef, One Pot Meals, Potatoes
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