A Simple Fusion Beef Picadillo Recipe

Beef Picadillo 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 Beef Picadillo.

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.

List of Ingredients I used

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 beef picadillo.

Thirdly, I added soy sauce and sugar in my dish. Soy sauce and sugar is a common ingredient used in most Filipino dishes.

Lastly, I added Tomato paste to make the dish red. If you don’t have tomato paste, you can use tomato sauce instead.

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

A Simple Fusion Beef Picadillo Recipe

Recipe by Saif Al Deen OdehCourse: MainCuisine: Filipino, Middle Eastern, FusionDifficulty: Easy


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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

  • 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

  • 1 and 1/2 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. 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 Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 20g 31%
    • Sodium 430mg 18%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Potassium 700mg 20%
    • Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
      • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
      • Sugars 5g
    • Protein 29g 58%
    • Vitamin A 20%
    • Vitamin C 20%
    • Calcium 6%
    • Iron 24%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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