Picadillo is a dish consisting of ground beef, onions, garlic, and tomatoes.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2009


Recipe Summary



For the Picadillo
For the Tacos


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the picadillo: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook until just starting to turn translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add beef, and cook, breaking up pieces with the back of a wooden spoon, until beef has browned, about 4 minutes. Spoon out excess fat so that 1 tablespoon remains. Stir in garlic, tomatoes, paprika, chili powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and cumin. Add water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until thick and very little liquid remains, about 18 minutes. Stir in vinegar.

  • Make the tacos: Heat 1 inch oil in a heavy-bottomed, high-sided skillet until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325 degrees. Fry tortillas, one at a time, by folding in half and laying one half flat in oil while holding other half with tongs, and repeating with the other half to form a half moon shell, until golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per half. Meanwhile, let finished taco shells rest on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Spoon picadillo into each taco shell, and garnish with lettuce, onion, shredded cheese, and salsa picante.

Cook's Notes

Store-bought taco shells can be substituted for homemade ones.


Reviews (3)

11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
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I doubled this recipe, but for some reason the water didn't cook out. I finally had to just spoon the liquid out manually. Not sure what happened. Tasted fine, though.
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This was a super easy to make recipe and delicioso! The meat tasted even better the following day, along with poached eggs for brunch.
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these tacos are delicious. I make a few different tacos and these happen to be a favorite. Love the vinegar that is added to meat. Yummy!!!