Easy Beef Picadillo Recipe

(Last Updated On: October 8, 2020)

Beef Picadillo Recipe is a traditional ground beef dish that is found in most South American countries and in the Philippines. In the Philippines, they have their own version, which they called it beef giniling or Aroz a la Cubana.

A ground beef recipe called Beef Picadillo

This is a very delicious dish, and I decided to create my own version of Picadillo. Since I lived in Kuwait for 18 years, it inspired me to use my own Middle eastern and Filipino fusion of Picadillo Recipe.

Traditionally, raisin and olives are probably one of the important ingredients to cook this dish. However, I don’t add them in my recipe since I want to make it simple. Furthermore, I do not considered this dish as Beef Giniling because I am adding spices, which is not commonly used in the Philippines. This is more a fusion dish.

Recipe Ingredients

Every country have their own ways of cooking Beef Picadillo, which makes it unique. First of all, I am using a ground beef as my meat dish, which I added chopped potato and mixed vegetables, which is a mixed of carrot, peas and corn.. The mixed vegetable bag can be found in any grocery stores or supermarket. I prefer to use a mixed vegetable directly since its more convenient for me.

Cumin and Curry Spices for Beef Picadillo

Secondly, to add a middle eastern twist, I included cumin and curry in my dish. This spices is commonly found in both Middle eastern countries, and as well in South America. These spices blend well with meat dishes since it add great flavor of the picadillo.

Thirdly, I added soy sauce and brown sugar in my dish. Soy sauce and brown sugar is a common ingredient used in most Filipino dishes. These ingredients are not used for making Beef Picadillo, but I love to add them since it gives the saltiness and sweetness of the dish. Of course, in the Philippines, these sauces are almost used in every Filipino dishes including mine. However, you can use worcestershire sauce instead of soy sauce, which is a common sauce used in western recipes.

Lastly, I added Tomato paste to make the dish red. If you don’t have tomato paste, you can use tomato sauce instead. However, please take note that when using tomato paste, you need to add more water since the paste is too thick.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Cooking my version of Beef Picadillo is easy. Firstly, you put oil in the pan, which when it become hot, you will add onion and garlic and stir it for few minutes. Later, you add the ground beef, cook it for several minutes until the juice is fully evaporated. That is because if you add the rest of the ingredient while there is still juices, the taste might be bland. Add spices, soy sauce and other ingredients in the pan, and stir it well. And then lastly, you add water, and let it cook for 5 minutes in medium low heat.

To learn how to cook Beef Picadillo, here is the ingredient needed to make the dish:

Beef Picadillo Recipe

Beef Picadillo

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

My Beef Picadillo is Middle Eastern and Filipino fusion beef dish that contain ground beef, mixed vegetables and potato, spices and tomato paste.


  • 500 gram of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion (1 cup of onion)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup of chopped potato
  • 2 teaspoon of tomato paste
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of water
  • Salt and Pepper for taste


    Add a cooking oil in the frying pan. Once it is hot, add the onion and stir it for few minutes until the color change lighter. After that add garlic, and stir it for up to 1 minute.

    Add the ground beef, and stir it well for few minutes. The ground beef will be releasing its juices, and it make sure it is fully evaporated before adding seasoning.

    Add soy sauce, sugar, cumin, curry, and tomato paste in the ground beef, and mix it well.

    Add water, and let it simmer for up to 5 minutes or until there is less juice. During cooking, add salt and pepper for taste.


  • Instead of Soy Sauce, you can add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • If you do not want your Picadillo to be watery, add 1/ 2 cup instead of 1 cup of water
  • If you are using tomato sauce, add 1/2 of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of water instead of 1 cup of water.
  • Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 434Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 111mgSodium 444mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 36g

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    1. One thing I haven’t tried in a while is beef picadillo, and this recipe really made me want to make it. Can’t wait now!

      • I love this dish too. In the Philippines, Picadillo is commonly eaten with rice. This is basically my fusion version of beef picadillo 🙂

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