Mexico’s Comfort Food: A Pot Of Picadillo And Endless Possibilties
Updated : June 03, 2021 09:06 IST
As North Indians, when we think of comfort food, Chole Bhature comes to our mind. Similarly, Picadillo is Mexico’s comfort food (or maybe Chole Bhature, just kidding). From a main course dish to a filling, this fits perfectly well everywhere. Picadillos has not just made its mark in the hearts of Mexicans but enjoys a special place in Cuba and other Latin American regions too.
The biggest speciality of Picadillo is the fact that it adapts to the region, culture and tastes of the locals. This quality makes it a true comfort food.
The word is derived from picar of Spanish origin, meaning mince. This resonates with the actual dish since Picadillo is ideally ground or minced beef. More often than not, picadillo has been compared to the American Sloppy Joes. Interestingly, they also consist of ground beef along with onions and tomatoes, the only difference being that it is stuffed in a hamburger bun and served as sandwich.
Ground beef is at the heart of this Mexican soul food. What comes next depends on the region you are in. For instance, a Cuban variation would generally consist of tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes for the base. To this, onions, garlic, cinnamon are added. Olives are added for the salty taste and the highlight are the raisins, which balance out with a slight sweet taste. The Mexican variant will be a lot spicier with green chillies and chilli powder. With every step you take in different direction of Latin American, you’ll find a new version of Picadillo.
Picadillo is eaten like....
As it must be obvious by now that not only is the recipe under constant change, the way of eating it also keeps changing. As a main dish, picadillo is largely a stew and is best served with rice and beans to form a complete meal. It also makes for a delicious stuffing for your tortilla wraps and soft tacos.
A wholesome pot of Picadillo is just what you need when in doubt. Get your spices ready and start cooking right away!