Picadillo: Fast food that you’ll love

The passing of Labor Day means that there is no more pretending that we are just “easing” into the school year. We are full speed ahead and already over scheduled with back to school nights, projects, soccer practices and games, birthdays, and scouts.

Right now I’m still a stickler about family meals and sitting together for dinner, but I’ve had to concede every Wednesday for soccer practices which start as early as 5:30 for Luke and Will. So dinner for them is around 4:30 and Scott feeds the rest of the crew while I run the boys to their practice.  Actually, everyone is hungry by the time we reconvene as a family so usually there is another meal served.

I was so happy when a mom of multiples posted a recipe for picadillo and my dear friend, Kim (also a mom of multiples), sent me her kid-approved version. I made it tonight and it was delicious and definitely kid-friendly. I served it with a side salad but I think it would have been even better topped with some avocados and chopped tomatoes and a few tortilla chips on the side. Make a double batch and freeze some for those soccer practice nights when you need a quick meal!


Picadillo: Fast food that you’ll love


  • 2 TB oil
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1.2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 cup capers (you could also add olives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry wine
  • 5 potatoes cubed and fried (I friend them in a little bacon grease for some extra flavor)


  • Heat the oil and sauté the chopped onions. When the onions are translucent, add minced garlic and chopped green pepper. Add the meat and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly to avoid sticking. Drain any excess grease. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes. In a separate pan, fried the potatoes until they have a nice brown crust. Add fried potatoes to the meat mixture.
  • Let your children "personalize" their servings with avocados, tomatoes and/or cheese.




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