Picadillo or Mexican Ground Beef for tacos is a classic Mexican dish whose main ingredients are ground beef and chopped vegetables, cooked in a tomato-based sauce. Picadillo means “everything chopped” (picar in Spanish means chop or dice). This traditional Mexican dish is a perfect taco filling but you can also eat it as a main dish with a side of beans and rice. Each state in Mexico has its own way to serve this dish, so you experiment with recipes!

This Ground Beef recipe is a staple at most Mexican homes. Try it!

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Picadillo - the authentic Mexican Ground Beef for Tacos

All the ingredients are usually chopped before cooking. “Chopping” in Spanish is “picar” or “cortar”, which is where the dish gets its original name: Picadillo

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Author: Leticia
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 3 tsp Canola oil
  • ½ Medium onion diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Large Russet potato diced
  • 2 Medium carrots diced
  • 1 jar Molli Ground Beef for Tacos Simmer Sauce from Morelos
  • 1/2 cup Beef bone broth or water
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft but not browned.

  2. Add the meat and black pepper. Stir constantly until meat is fully browned.
  3. Add the Molli Ground Beef for Tacos sauce and broth/water, bring to a boil. Lower heat, and simmer.

  4. Add potato and carrot, cover and cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until potato is fully cooked.
  5. Season with salt to taste. Serve with a side of rice and warm tortillas. Provecho!