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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 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.
  5. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic to ground beef. Sauté 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