Healthy Beef Picadillo with Farro and Veggies

Beef picadillo with farro

Beef picadillo is a traditional Latin dish that reminds me of home. So here’s a healthy version with lean beef, veggies, and whole grains.

You likely grew up with hamburger helper and I grew up with beef picadillo. They’re very similar, but this picadillo infuses some Latin-inspired flavors.

Plus, if you’re wondering how to choose the healthiest type of beef for dishes like this, read my article, “Is Beef Good for You? Key Facts to Know” I include key facts that I learned from a conference I attended in October.

Health Benefits of This Recipe

This beef picadillo is a healthy meal option with the combination of lean beef, veggies, olive oil, a whole grain, and a mix of spices.

  • Lean ground beef can provide 25 grams of protein, while also offering valuable nutrients like iron, zinc, B vitamins, and selenium.
  • The vegetables, farro, and herbs also offer powerful phytonutrients that have a range of health benefits.
  • Farro is a whole grain with fiber that is good for gut health.
  • Olive oil contains heart-healthy fats.
Beef picadillo with farro
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes


  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • One medium red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon crush garlic
  • 1 pound of ground beef 10% fat or less
  • 1 can 14.5 ounces no sodium added diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables peas, carrots, green beans and corn


  • Prepare farro as indicated in the package. Set aside.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Place the oil, onion and garlic in the skillet and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook for about 8 minutes over medium heat
  • Add the tomatoes and mix well. Add the salt, pepper, oregano and cumin and mix well
  • Add the frozen vegetables and cook for another 5 minutes over medium heat covered.


Note: Use pre-cooked and quick cook farro, it cooks in 10 minutes
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