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Skillet Picadillo

Bring a little taste of Cuba into your home with an easy and family-friendly recipe for Skillet Picadillo, made in just 30 minutes!

Skillet Picadillo

Picadillo is one of my families favorite dinners! If your tired of making the same old dinners week after week then it’s time to get a little out of your comfort zone and channel the inner Cuban in you. I would love to introduce you to an easy ground beef dish that your whole family will love. Best of all it’s made in a skillet and in a half hours time.

Skillet Picadillo

My toddler loves Mexican food (and I do too). But my husband can only eat so many tacos in one week. I use to make this easy Skillet Picadillo recipe for my husband and I when we were first married some 9 years ago. Like most recipes you make often you take a break and then somewhere in the mix picadillo just left our monthly dinner plan. Earlier this year, after our new baby arrived I felt like I was making the same old meals week-after-week. You might wonder how that’s possible for a food blogger, but we too get in dinnertime ruts. We develop delicious tasting recipes but at the end of the day we want easy too. That’s when I had the ah-ha moment and remembered that way back when I use to make picadillo once a month and we loved it. Since my picky threenager loves ground beef and loves Mexican food I figured he probably would love this.

Skillet Picadillo

Boy, was I right! He loved the ground beef and he felt like it was a big treat that there were olives in the meal. He loves olives and whenever we serve salad with dinner he always steals all the olives off our plates (despite my effort of putting a few on his plate).

Skillet Picadillo

This is a pretty low prep type of meal. I would suggest chopping and dicing all the fresh ingredients and setting them to the side. You could even do this a night in advanced if you really wanted to make this even easier dinner prep (minus the cilantro—I would recommend doing that once it’s time to cook). I like to serve the skillet picadillo over a bed of white rice and my Instant Pot black beans. If you want to switch things up I dare you to break out of your comfort zone and try this recipe for skillet picadillo.



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9 Responses to “Skillet Picadillo”

  1. Jane Boice posted on September 28, 2017 at 9:13 am (#)

    Looks delicious! What is on the plate next to it?

  2. cheryl larimer posted on September 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm (#)

    I am always looking for a new gluten free dish to include at family events. This one is on my list for the next get together.

  3. Kevin Pickron posted on September 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm (#)

    This should be a good choice for my very picky 6 year old and 10 year old. I will give it a try tomorrow.

    • Katie replied on October 3rd, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Kevin–I hope they love it as much as my picky 3 year old does!

  4. MEAl5 posted on October 12, 2017 at 10:40 am (#)

    I love bean, it’s healthy. thanks for your recipes!

  5. Tasha @thatssoyummy posted on November 5, 2017 at 7:22 am (#)

    We LOVE picadillo at our house. The ease of making it all in one pot and the smell of the house while cooking makes me drool just thinking about it! Yours looks absolutely delicious!

    • Katie replied on November 8th, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you–it’s one of our favorites too!

  6. Justina Donley posted on May 2, 2019 at 11:35 pm (#)

    I cant wait to try your recipe! Your picadillo look like it has that delicious sauce that you can find at authentic cuban restaurants. Do you only use tomato paste for the sauce? Ive seen some recipes have white wine as well. Im trying to make a picadillo thats pretty saucy! Thanks!!!

    • Katie replied on May 13th, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      HI Justina, I use a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce. We like ours really saucy too!

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