CONTRIBUTED BY: Denis Cardenas, Owner at El Jalapeno
Picadillo is a traditional dish in Spain, in many Latin American countries and in the Philippines. It is a famous food from Cuba. Its name originates from the Spanish word “picar” which means “to mince” which explains the presence of ground beef.
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 medium russet potato, chopped into small pieces
1 (10.5-ounce can) diced tomatoes and chillies
1 (8-ounce can) tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 teaspoon cumin
Chopped cilantro or green onions for garnish.
- In a skillet over medium heat, add oil and add the ground beef. Stir the ground beef to break it up and to cook it until it is no longer pink.
- Add chopped onions and bell pepper.
- Stir until the onions are softened.
- Stir in the diced potatoes (small pieces to ensure they are cooked through).
- Add the diced tomatoes and chillies (with liquid), tomato sauce, taco seasoning, cumin, salt, and pepper, and stir.
- Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro or chopped green onions before serving.