Beef Picadillo Over Brown Rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. Picadillo is similar to hash made with ground beef and tomatoes. There are a lot of variations to this dish depending on where you’re from. I have seen people put raisins and olives in it, but I like to keep mine pretty simple. Just some potatoes (a must in my opinion), tomatoes, garlic, onion and some salt and pepper. It’s really all you need.
A few of the things I love about this recipe are:
- It’s so easy to make.
- It’s cheap.
- It’s versatile. I’ve made this recipe using ground turkey to lighten it up a little.
- And it reminds me of growing up with my grandmothers in the kitchen making Mexican food when I was little. The aroma takes me back to that time. It’s a beautiful thing.
And the Picadillo isn’t the only star in this recipe. The Brown Rice is pretty tasty too. I have a separate post all about this Easy Baked Brown Rice so be sure to check it out! I’ve also got a Picadillo Taco recipe you might also like.
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Beef Picadillo Over Brown Rice
Yield 6 servings
- 1 ½ cups brown rice
- 2 1/3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 organic small white onion, chopped
- 1 pound organic ground beef
- 2 organic garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 organic Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 small organic russet potato, peeled and finely diced
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread rice in an 8-inch square baking dish.
- Bring water and butter to a boil, covered in a medium sauce pan. Once the water is boiling immediately stir in salt and pour water over the rice in the baking dish. Tightly cover the dish with two layers of aluminum foil. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for 1 hour, until the rice is tender.
- Remove the rice from the oven, uncover and fluff rice with a fork. Cover the dish with a clean kitchen towel to catch the moisture and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and let rice stand for another 5 minutes.
- While the rice is baking, Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until translucent.
- Add ground beef and brown. Using a potato masher, mash ground beef into small pieces so no large lumps remain. Drain off grease.
- Add garlic, salt, tomatoes and potatoes and cook over medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are done.
- Serve picadillo over brown rice.
Serving Size per serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Sodium 563 mg
Total Carbohydrates 43 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 18 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.