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This beef picadillo recipe is quick, easy and gluten free!

Beef Picadillo

Alysa Bajenaru
This beef picadillo is sure to please, easy to make, and naturally gluten free!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Latin American


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup pimiento stuffed olives coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 Tbps. fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. fish sauce optional
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and olives. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in ground beef, using a spoon to break up the meat as it browns.
  • Stir in tomato paste and turn heat down to medium-low, stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add water and frozen peas and carrots, cover until just cooked through, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in fish sauce (optional - but it is that *special secret ingredient* that adds a savory punch that makes people say "OMG why can't I stop eating this")
  • Stir in cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve over rice.