Perfect Picadillo And Beans



  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1-2 potatoes, cut up
  • 1/2 carton of beef broth
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Fresh onion or onion powder
  • Cumin (to your liking)
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper


  • 1 bag of pinto beans
  • 1 package of bacon
  • 2 cloves of garlic


  • Picadillo:

Step 1: Cook & brown meat. Drain grease.

Step 2: Add potatoes, tomatoes, seasonings & beef broth. Cook on low & cover with lid until potatoes are soft.

  • Beans:

Step 1: Cook beans in a crock pot over night. Place beans & fill with water. Chop up half package of bacon & throw in 2 cloves of garlic. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Step 2: Add salt to your liking. When done, fry up rest of bacon in a pan. Add beans and mash beans. Add salt and pepper. Enjoy!!!

Nutrition Information:

Picadillo (per serving, about 1/6th of the recipe):

Calories: 200 kcal | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 10g | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 500mg

Beans (per serving, about 1/6th of the recipe):

Calories: 150 kcal | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 20g | Dietary Fiber: 5g | Sugars: 0-1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 200mg

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef in the picadillo?

Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef to make a lighter version of this dish.

2. How long do I need to cook the picadillo for the potatoes to become soft?

The cooking time for the picadillo will depend on the size of the potato pieces and the heat setting. Generally, simmering covered on low heat for about 15-20 minutes after adding the potatoes should make them tender.

3. Can I use canned beans instead of cooking them from scratch?

Yes, you can use canned pinto beans to save time. Just drain and rinse them before adding to the recipe, and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

4. Is there a vegetarian version of this recipe?

You can make a vegetarian version by substituting plant-based ground “beef” or crumbles for the meat and using vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

5. What can I serve this dish with for a complete meal?

This dish can be served with rice, tortillas, or crusty bread. You can also add a side of vegetables or a simple salad for a well-rounded meal.

6. Can I use canned beans instead of cooking pinto beans from scratch?

Yes, you can substitute canned pinto beans to save time. Just be sure to drain and rinse them before using. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

7. Is there a healthier alternative to using bacon in the beans?

Yes, if you’re looking for a healthier option, you can skip the bacon or use turkey bacon or smoked turkey as a lighter alternative to add flavor.

8. What can I serve with this dish to make it a complete meal?

You can serve the picadillo and beans with rice, tortillas, or bread. A side salad or some sautéed vegetables can complement the meal.

9. Can I make this recipe in advance and reheat it later?

Yes, both the picadillo and beans can be made in advance and reheated when you’re ready to eat. Store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

10. Can I adjust the level of spiciness in this recipe?

Yes, you can control the spiciness by adjusting the amount of cumin, or you can add chili powder or hot sauce to increase the heat according to your taste preferences.