Filipino Style Picadillo

Filipino Picadillo is the next recipe I’m sharing for Filipino Heritage Month.


Picadillo is a delicious Spanish-inspired dish. Ground beef, potatoes, peas, and carrots simmered in tomato sauce? It doesn’t get any better than that. Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s the perfect time to have this. It’s so comforting. Especially with a nice bowl of steaming hot rice.



I had a funny conversation with my aunt when I told her I would be delivering some Filipino picadillo to her.


She initially asked if I had made it with beef and I said yes. The next question she asked was if the dish was called Beef Giniling in Tagalog. Then I got confused and she told me to Google a picture and to let her know if it looked similar. So I said that it did and I asked her what the difference was.


That’s when I got worried. I thought that I had made picadillo but got freaked out that I may have made a completely different dish. Then my worries melted away once she simply said that Picadillo is the fancy name.



Whether you know it as Beef Giniling or Picadillo, this is a super comforting dish perfect for cold weather. So if you’re in the mood for something comforting and belly-warming, give this a try!


If you do decide to try making picadillo, please let me know in the comments down below! Also, let me know if you know it as Beef Giniling or Picadillo.


Ciao for now!


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Tips On Cooking Filipino Picadillo


This dish takes some time to cook because of the potatoes. I get impatient and automatically want to turn up the heat for it to cook faster. DON’T DO IT. Be patient. It will all be worth it.



Chicken Asado – This is another popular dish that has a tomato base. Only this time, the protein is chicken. Chicken Asado uses potatoes and cooked until tender. Perfect with a nice bowl of steamed rice.


Chicken Adobo – This is considered the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. If I could recommend one thing, try this recipe!


Beef Mechado – This is another perfect dish for cold weather. Super comforting. Great to eat with rice or alone.


Garlic Fried Rice – If you love garlic, this recipe is for you.

Filipino Style Picadillo

Filipino Style Picadillo
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Vegetables, Potato, Ground Beef, Comfort, Beef
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 460kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/3 cup Red Onions Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Beef Stock
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 medium Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Ground Black Pepper


  • In a warm, pan add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add onions and garlic. Sauté for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef, Sauté until the ground beef is light brown.
  • Add a can of diced tomatoes, beef stock, and tomato sauce. Mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and cover. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover. Add potatoes, frozen peas and carrots. Mix well.
  • Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  • Cover and simmer on low until potatoes are tender.
  • Serve hot with rice and enjoy.


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 1261mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1543IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 5mg