So as many of you may already know, I am not a chef but a Mom who has been on a long journey of discovering her cooking skills. I like easy processes and techniques. I have gone through many Pinterest and Google recipes for ways to cheat an authentic meal. Since I have started cooking, I have learned to get through some quick steps or bypass certain processes.
My mother on the other hand loves to cook a long authentic meal. However, as many mothers may know, we don’t always have the time so she also has developed cheat steps to a quick Mexican dish. One of these go to meals of hers is the Mexican Picadillo. It is a good staple dish for a quick Mexican dinner and it has many simple ingredients most of us would already have in our home.
A quick and easy way to cut time and make a staple Mexican dinner.
2 lb of ground beef
5 Yukon potatoes
1/2 cup of baby carrots or 3 medium carrots.
1 large bell pepper
1 large tomato or 2 small
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 an onion
2 Tablespoons caldo del res or pollo
A couple of small bay leaves or one large
One small can of El Pato jalepeno or chipotle sauce
Jalepeno or serrano (optional for extra spice)
- Dice your onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes. Cut your baby carrot in half or slice your medium carrots up. And mince all 3 garlics.
- Grab a large pan and heat olive oil with your diced onion, then add your minced garlic.
- Add your ground beef with some salt and pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes.
- Add in all your veggies, stir in and let them cook a couple of minutes.
- Add in your caldo with 2 cups of water. You can add more or less based off your preference. I like mine more soupy.
- Add in El pato or chipotle. (Also the time to add in your optional spice, depending how spicy you can handle).
- Let all the juices boil for about 10 monutes or until veggies are soft.
You can eat this as a soup or eat it over a bed of rice. Play with how hot you would like it. My husband and like to eat it with an added jalapeño but for a more discreet taste we will leave it out of the juice so my son can also enjoy it. Buen Provecho!