I am finally learning how to cook Mexican meals! Something that I have always loved to eat was Picadillo. It has ground beef and vegtables, and you eat it with warm corn tortillas and cream. (I think the cream is a Gringo thing.)

My friend came over to help me make this incredibly simple and frugal dish. My kids loved it and we finished off the leftovers the next day.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • about 1/8 piece of a small onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small chipotle* pepper diced
  • 1 potato, diced into tiny pieces
  • 1 carrot, diced into tiny pieces
  • salt to taste


  1. Put a little bit of oil in a large, heated frying pan (make sure it has a lid). Cook the ground beef.
  2. While the meat is cooking, in a blender combine onion, garlic, tomatoes, chipotle pepper and water to make a liquid.
  3. When the ground beef is cooked add the liquid mixture by staining it through a colander. This will avoid having chunks in your dinner. If it’s too chunky, blend it a little longer. It’s ok if there is some stuff left in the colander.
  4. Season with salt.
  5. Bring to a boil and add the potatoes and carrots. ( I have also had this with peas, but we don’t like peas.)
  6. Boil for about 10-15 minutes in a covered pan until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

We ate this over white rice and added some Mexican cream on top. Roll up your warm, corn tortilla and use it to help slide your meal onto your fork.

*Chipotle pepper – you can buy this by the can in your local grocery store. It’s usually called chipotle peppers in adobe sauce. It will give it a little kick. Add more or less depending on how much you like spicy food. Store the leftovers in your freezer in a freezer bag. (You could use the left over chipotle to make Chipotle Burritos.)

Is there a Mexican dish you have eaten and would love to re-create? Let me know and I will learn how to make it!

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