Everyone has an easy dinner using ground beef. Whether it be sloppy joe’s, meatloaf, chili, meatballs, or even a simple Hamburger Helper ( 3 cheese shells is my favorite). I try to cook healthy meals, or as healthy as I can, but once in a while you just need some comfort food. Yummy, no restriction food. That’s where Picadillo comes in.
The name picadillo means little bits or pieces in spanish. It’s the hispanic version of sloppy joe’s, or a chili without beans. Almost all Latin American countries have a version of picadillo.
Some put raisins in it (***shudder*** they freak me out) or make it very spicy. It’s basically ground beef with tomato sauce, sofrito and spices.
When my daughter sees ground beef defrosting and asks what’s for dinner, I know she is hoping for picadillo. She may have been born in Florida, but she is a boricua at heart (or stomach). It’s so easy to make and versatile. It can be part of the main meal, accompanied with white rice, or as a filling for other dishes like empanadas, potato balls and other fritters. You can also use ground turkey or chicken to make it with less fat and calories. I like to use 90% lean ground beef for my picadillo. Here is the cooking video! Buen provecho!