Picadillo – a refreshing change from traditional camp meals

picadiloTired of the typical camping meals of chili and soups? This recipe is a delicious change from the boring usual and will definitely wake up your taste buds. Picadillo is a traditional Cuban food made from ground beef in a tomato based sauce. It is usually accompanied with fried sweet plantains. The sweetness of the plantains sets off the savory sauce making a delicious combination. If plantains are not available, a common substitution is raisins.  If you’d like to try the non-dehydrated version you can find the recipe here.


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2

Most of the ingredients below can all be purchased online but it is usually more cost effective (and tasty!) to dehydrate things yourself. However, the exception to this is the bell peppers. They are pretty expensive fresh and can be purchased cheaper dehydrated. When I have a crop from my garden I will dehydrate them, but otherwise I buy the ones linked below.

Tools Required: Larger camp saucepan for two.



Measure and add all ingredients to your lightweight container of choice. When you are at your campsite, mix the contents of the bag with enough water to cover all the ingredients. Simmer over your heat source until everything is rehydrated, adding water if needed. Meanwhile, cook your instant rice following the package directions. The picadillo is done when the ground beef is soft and the peas are rehydrated. Serve over rice and enjoy some Cuban food in the middle of the woods.