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Picadillo – Mexican Beef Dinner

I am finally learning how to cook Mexican meals! Something that I have always loved to eat was Picadillo. It has ground beef and vegetables, 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.

 

 

This recipe is a really quick and easy ground beef dinner that my kids love. But you can make it even faster by buying canned potatoes and carrots. Just dice them up and add them to the meal. 

 

We use the whole can of potatoes but only about a half a can of carrots. If your family loves carrots – add the whole can. 

 

You can also make this recipe without the chipotle and it will not have any spice. Or if you like it spicy you can add more chipotle peppers.

 

Once you make the salsa you can taste it to see if you like the flavor. If it’s too spicy you can add a little more water and salt. 

 

 

 

Picadillo – Mexican Ground Beef Dinner Recipe

  • 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 small pieces (or use 1 can of potatoes cut into small pieces)
  • 1 carrot, diced into small pieces (or use 1 can of carrots cut into small pieces)
  • salt to taste

 

Instructions

  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 leftover 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!

 

Yield: 6

Picadillo - Mexican Beef Dinner

Picadillo - Mexican Beef Dinner

Ingredients

  • 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 ((or use 1 can of potatoes cut into small pieces)
  • 1 carrot, diced into tiny pieces ((or use 1 can of carrots cut into small pieces)
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Use canned potatoes and carrots to speed up this meal.

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