Picadillo Tacos

So get this. Jackson has been off for a couple months now. Not eating regularly – sometimes not eating for an entire day, not having the best bowel movements of all time, and just sleeping more than normal. Sorry, TMI. Ok, I’m not really sorry, what I’m about to tell you is worse. So I decided to finally take him to the vet and of course, they asked for a poop sample. Cool, whatevs, bag up some poop then double bag it and it will all be fine, right? Wrong. I had to take him to the gym while I worked out before I took him to the vet. So where did I leave the poop? In the trunk of my car. Why didn’t I just put it outside on the ground to be picked up after the gym? Because I’m an idiot. A big, poop-car smelling idiot. My car was real potent after that.

Then the vet called me back the next day to tell me nothing was wrong with his poo. I carried that bag of poo around like it was my purse for nothing. I guess I should be happy that my dog is just being stubborn rather than sick, but all I can think about is the poo purse.

Let’s get away from this topic. I’m trying to think of things to talk about but my mind is completely clouded with my upcoming cookbook. I’m sure you’re getting sick of hearing about it, but I can’t help it. It’s a project I worked my ass off on for a year and it’s FINALLY almost here. It’s literally 12 days away and then I start on book tour. I start in Denver, then head out to Atlanta, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago. And that’s just my first leg of the trip before I start the second leg with Vanessa from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind (since she comes out with her first cookbook soon!) up the west coast and into Texas! Traveling on book tour is challenging because you need normal daily outfits, plus book tour outfits, and workouts outfits. That’s a lot of outfits per one city. I totally have a suitcase that can handle that, but I’m worried about when I take the train from Boston to New York. I’ve never been on a train like that. Does it matter how big your suitcase is? Do I just sound like a dummy? Teach me things.

Should I join Periscope? Diane recently tried to tell me about it, but it just gives me anxiety since my phone can hardly handle all the apps I have. I keep deleting apps on a regular basis and can only have about 5 photos in my photo album at a time, so how could I handle yet another app? Do you guys love it? What would I post? I’m behind the time, update me!!

PS – I LOVE these tacos. Seriously obsessed. One of my favorite Cuban dishes at a restaurant in town is Picadillo, so I thought what better way to eat it than in a taco. And boom, these beautiful tacos were born.


Picadillo Tacos

  • Yield: 3 1x


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup green olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional*)
  • 6 cassava tortillas
  • roughly chopped cilantro, to garnish
  • lime wedges, to garnish


  1. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, add ground beef to brown and break into pieces.
  2. Once almost cooked through, add onion, bell pepper, oregano, cumin, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Then add tomato sauce, tomato paste, broth, vinegar, olives and raisins (if you are using raisins), mix well then cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. To soften must b nutty tortillas, place on hot skillet or on gas range to brown on both sides. Remove bay leaf, then add picadillo to tortillas, squeeze fresh lime juice on top and garnish with fresh cilantro.


*I left them out because the man in the house isn’t a fan of raisins. But it adds a nice sweet element paired with the salty olives so I would recommend it!

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45 thoughts on “Picadillo Tacos”

    1. sadly, it doesn’t look like it. when talking to the main book stores, they only wanted to do signings outside the city, like 2 hours outside 🙁 maybe in the future though because I want to go to Canada SO bad, so I’ll keep trying!

  1. Hey Juli! My frenchie had similar issues and I just had to add full fat yogurt to his food in the morning. He also has a chicken sensitivity, so I try to avoid any food/treats with added chicken. Also he is hating this Denver heat right now, which is making him sleep more! Stubborn little bubbas!! Good luck with the poo-stank!!

  2. I live in Boston and have taken the train to NY many times, and I don’t think you will have an issue with a big suitcase! The trains usually aren’t overly crowded and I believe they have baggage storage areas on board. If you get on at South Station I think you also might be able to check bigger bags. I think in theory there’s a 50 lb max rule like airlines, but I’ve never once seen them weigh bags on that train!

    Hoping to see you when you come to Boston!!

    Also, now I really want tacos

  3. Don’t you dare stop talking about you new book!! I am SO looking forward to getting that jem in my hands, that I may be jealous of all these instagram posts of peeps who got an early copy 😉 Such a TEASE!

  4. It’s going to be a Taco Thursday for me tonight! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    BOS to NY or vice versa (too lazy to scroll up to see which way you are going) – will be an Amtrak train. You can either clean & jerk your suitcase to the overhead bin or roll it to the front of the car where there is an abundance of space & seats – if you are nervous about leaving your suitcase unattended. If I had your wardrobe I’d sit tight with the case – kidding, sort of.

  5. I’m always really slow to try new apps, techy things, social media, etc but have been hearing about Periscope now everywhere and I’m interested! I was thinking the same thing about my phone though. Plus I have no idea what it is, maybe I should start there.

  6. Hi Juli, Not sure what you feed Jackson but I changed my dog to a raw diet and it really changed her life. Not cheap and kind of gross at times but works very well. I also only feed her paleo stuff. Sweet potatoes, eggs, veggies, pretty much I give her anything I eat and those days I find she isn’t eating if I throw a little people food in it with it, the whole dish is gone.

  7. You should seriously look into the raw food movement. I’ve been feeding my cat and dog raw food for the past year and it has been the best decision EVER! The BARF website has a host of great info.

  8. Not sure if you’re looking to change his diet at all, but my wiener dog practically begs for his raw food 24/7 whereas he just ate his kibble before because that was his only option. Mouthfuls over on Tennyson was super helpful with helping me decide what brand to use and what else to supplement with since he lost some weight from eating so clean. Good luck with your pup!

  9. Totally would love to see you on Periscope!!!! Your are totally random most of the Time and seem to be good on your feet. That’s exactly what I think Periscope is for! Would be so totally Awesome! 🙂

  10. The Amtrack train from Boston to NY will probably not be packed. If you do not or will not arrange for car service once you get to NY, I suggest using Uber unless your hotel is close to Penn Station (where Amtrack will drop you off). Yellow cabs are hard to get outside of Penn, I find. Very exciting times for you!

  11. Can’t wait for your new cookbook!!! I am so excited! So I ordered some of these tortillas. Are they delicious? She only let me order 3 packs of ten. I hope I can freeze them. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!!!

  12. Hi Julie,
    Congrats on your engagement and your new book. How is your dog doing? I have a cat and he got sick (long story short took him to the er nothing wrong with him), something upset his tummy, so I know how you feel about your boy. Are you coming to Seattle? Hope your little guy feels better soon.

  13. I made these last week and my fiancé said they’re the best tacos he’s ever had in his life. I’ve been trying 3 of your recipes a week since January and have liked them all. You’ve sort of become my Julia Child. Thanks for making me look good like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen 🙂

    1. yayyyyy!! i don’t think many people have tried this one and I wish i could force people because it’s one of my favorites! hope you guys enjoy many more recipes!

  14. Loved these! Made them last week for the first time and they’re going on my shopping list now to make them again this week! We ate them both as tacos (mainly for the kiddos) and as a taco salad for my husband and I. Added some chopped tomatoes because we had some around. Thanks for the extra encouragement to try this one. Oh yeah, the raisins were spot on!

  15. I just made these tonight (with Siete tortillas) and I’m obsessed! How could someone ma,e them with no raisins- they’re delicious!! Thanks for the recipe, Juli!

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