Cooking at Home - Beef Picadillo

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Published Tuesday, September 10, 2019


PICT RECIPE Beef Picadillo - USDA
Beef Picadillo. Courtesy USDA.

Makes:   6 Servings 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Picadillo is a delicious stew made with ground beef, tomatoes, and other ingredients. It is a popular dish in South American countries and the Caribbean. Serve it over rice or as a filling in tacos.


  • 1/2 cup Brown rice, long-grain, uncooked
  • 1 cup Water
  • 12 ounces Ground beef, 90% lean, raw, fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/4 cups Onions, fresh, 1/4" diced
  • 1 cup Green bell peppers, fresh, 1/4" diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, fresh, minced (1 clove is about 1/2 teaspoon minced)
  • 1/3 cup Tomatoes with juice, diced, canned
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce, canned 
  • 1/2 cup Raisins, seedless, unpacked
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano, dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin, dry, ground
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro, fresh, chopped (optional)


  1. Combine brown rice and water in a small stockpot.
  2. Heat on medium-high heat to a rolling boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook until water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Stir once. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes over low heat. Fluff the rice gently with a fork.
  3. Heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat on top of stove.
  4. Brown ground beef. Drain. Heat to 165 degF or higher for at least 15 seconds.
  5. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic to ground beef. Saute on medium-high heat until onions and bell peppers are soft. Stir frequently.
  6. Add diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, raisins, oregano, and cumin. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. 
  7. Serve 1/2 cup picadillo over 1/4 cup rice. Garnish with 1 teaspoon cilantro (optional).

Source: CACFP Multi-Cultural Recipe Project - Team Nutrition: Adapted from recipe by Learning Care Group.

Nutrition Information

Nutrients Amount

Calories 202 

Total Fat 6 g

Saturated Fat 2 g

Cholesterol N/A 

Sodium 147 mg

Total Carbohydrate 23 g

Dietary Fiber 2 g

Total Sugars N/A 

Added Sugars included N/A 

Protein 15 g

Vitamin D N/A 

Calcium 34 mg

Iron 2 mg

Potassium N/A may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.