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Pork Picadillo

This is a recipe that is prepared throughout Latin America and around other places in the world. As it can be expected each country has its own preparation style and we are going to concentrate in the Mexican version of the picadillo .

The Mexican pork picadillo consists of
ground pork meat, that is mixed with various vegetables and it is cooked in a kind of tomato salsa. It is a dish full of flavor and full of color.

This dish is very versatile as it can be served as
appetizer and if it is accompanied with tortillas delicious picadillo tacos can be made or also the picadillo can be put over tostadas.

– The other option is to serve it as main course and as
garnish white rice , guacamole , beans or salad can be put.

About the Recipe

  • The picadillo preparation is a bit laborious... but you will like the recipe.
  • In this recipe peas are used, which can be bought canned or frozen.
  • The picadillo is prepared with 1 serrano pepper however if it is too spicy for you, just use the half.
  • This recipe is very versatile and you could also use green beans, zucchinis, corn, etc.
  • The total preparation time is of .
  • This recipe serves 4 portions.


  • 14.1 oz of ground Pork Meat
  • 3 Tomatoes (21.1 oz)
  • 1 Serrano Pepper (.4 oz)
  • 1 Potato (7 oz)
  • 1 Carrot (4.2 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of Peas (4.4 oz)
  • 1/2 Onion (2.4 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano
  • 1/3 of a teaspoon of Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Chopping Board
  • 1 Turner
  • 1 Peeler
  • 1 Knife

  • Directions

    Cut and Blend

    1. Finely chop 1/4 of an onion (1.2 oz) and 1 serrano pepper, then reserve.
    2. Peel 1 potato and 1 carrot.

    It is always better to use the carrot peeled.

    1. Dice the potato and the carrot that were peeled; then set aside.
    2. Put in a blender:
    • 3 Tomatoes.
    • 1/4 of an Onion (1.2 oz).
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • Pepper to taste.

    1. Blend very well the ingredients, then set aside.

    Fry the Pork

    1. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    2. Put in the saucepan the onion that was minced and fry it for approximately 1 minute, until it looks a bit transparent; stir regularly.
    3. Incorporate in the saucepan the serrano pepper that was minced and fry it for about 30 seconds, until the chili is a little soft; stir regularly.
    4. Add in the saucepan 14.1 oz of ground pork meat and fry it for about 4 minutes, until it is moderately cooked and it turns to a white color; stir regularly.

    Cook the Picadillo

    1. Put in the saucepan:
    • The Potato dices that were cut.
    • The Carrot dices that were cut.
    • The Salsa that was blended.
    • 1/2 cup of Peas.
    • 1/2 teaspoon of Oregano.
    • 1/3 teaspoon of Cumin.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix all the saucepan ingredients.
    2. Bring the saucepan salsa to a boil over high heat.
    3. When the salsa boils reduce to low heat and cook the pork picadillo for about 15 minutes, until the pork is well cooked and the salsa has almost totally consumed; stir occasionally.

    Now You Can Enjoy
    Your Picadillo

    Pork Picadillo served with rice, beans and tortillas

    Variation: The picadillo can also be prepared with beef and it is very popular among the Mexican families.

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    Serve the picadillo on a beautiful Mexican plate.

    Place these shakers on your table to make it look very Mexican.

    Put on your table a Mexican tablecloth full of color to fill your meals with joy.