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A cast iron Dutch oven with picadillo soup, a ladle, and print napkin.

Picadillo Soup

Tamara Andersen
Mexican Picadillo Soup features lean ground meat, healthy veggies, and Mexican herbs and spices in a vibrant, flavorful soup!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 388 kcal


  • 1 pound ground meat I like bison or pork; see Tips in post
  • 1 onion chopped; divided use
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 roma tomatoes cut in half (about 1 pound of tomatoes)
  • 1 chipotle in adobo or 2 if you like heat
  • 1 teaspoon ground annatto (achiote)
  • 3 cups beef broth or stock divided use; see Tips in post
  • 3 medium potatoes diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels fresh off the cob, frozen, or canned
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt if using salted broth, taste first!
  • several grinds pepper


  • In a deep soup pot, over medium-high heat, begin browning the meat. NOTE: If you're using very lean meat like ground bison, you'll want to add a drizzle of oil to the pot. When the meat is about half cooked, add half of the onion, the ground cumin, and the garlic.
  • To the bowl of a large food processor, add the halved tomatoes, the other halfof the onion, 1 or 2 chipotles, ground annatto (aka achiote), and 1 cup of the broth. Pulse until smooth.
  • Add the tomato purée to the pot along with the diced potatoes and carrots, the Mexican oregano and bay leaf. Stir, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Add diced bell pepper, corn, remaining broth/stock, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Cover and simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender (about 10 minutes). 
  • Serve as is or garnish (suggestions in post).


Macronutrients are based on 1 pound of lean ground bison, and 3 cups of beef broth. You can reduce calories further with ground turkey breast and chicken broth.


Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 37gFat: 13g
Keyword gluten free soup recipes, ground beef soup, ground bison recipes, ground meat soups, healthy Mexican soups, picadillo soup, quick weeknight dinners
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