Mexican Hash (Picadillo)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Picadillo is a dish that is eaten in Mexican homes at least once a week. It's easy to prepare and also quite versatile, since you can eat it as is, or for fillings for chiles rellenos, tacos, burritos, tamales, etc.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. First, stir fry potatoes in olive oil.
  2. Take potatoes out from oil, set apart.
  3. Into the remaining oil in the skillet, add the ground meat, tomatoes, salt, garlic, and pepper and mix well.
  4. Once the meat is partially cooked, add potatoes and rest of ingredients.
  5. Simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

Many, many years ago, I was served this dish in the home of a Mexican friend. I have always regretted not asking for the recipe. I recently found out what it was called and after searching thru all the other Picadillo recipes here at Zaar, decided this one looked the closest to what I had eaten. I made this last night and my dh and I just loved it! This recipe is so simple to make and your instructions were easily followed. I didn't have fresh tomatoes so I used a 10 oz. can of diced tomatoes w/green chilies instead. This made it a little bit spicier, which we loved, but a regular can of diced tomatoes could be substituted. I used the red wine and I used red wine vinegar instead of plain. I served this "as is" with some warmed, buttered corn tortillas. Absolutely delicious!! This morning I will warm the leftovers to wrap in flour tortillas for breakfast. YUM! Thank you so much for posting this wonderful recipe.

Susie in Texas May 29, 2005

This was very good! Excellent flavor. I didn't have any poblanos, so I added a can of diced green chilies. Poblanos are a little hot for my family, anyways. It made a ton, too. The leftovers are going to be scrambled up with some eggs for breakfast.....hmmmm, or maybe some burritos....oh, the possibilites!

Lightly Toasted February 29, 2004

This is exactly what I want when I think of picadillo! I didn't think the capers would "go" but put them in anyway just to find out. Boy was I surprised! I wouldn't change a thing. Thanks so much for sharing Mexi-Rosie. I will use this recipe for years to come.

Chef Emstar December 28, 2009