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vegan mexican picadillo in a white bowl with avocado and cilantro on top.

Vegan Picadillo

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan picadillo recipe is as close as it gets to a typical Mexican picadillo. It’s a savory stew typically made with ground beef, potatoes, onions, peas, and garlic, in a tomato broth. It’s a comforting Mexican dish that everyone will love, even picky eaters!


  • 1 lb impossible ground beef OR 2 cups small green lentils
  • 810 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons No Beef better than bouillon
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Serrano or jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sazon seasoning (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • Small handful of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serve with:

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Corn tortillas
  • Salsa Macha (Mexican chili oil)


  1. Heat oil in a large pot, once it’s hot add the vegan impossible ground beef. Cook until golden brown, about 9-10 minutes. If using lentils, skip this step. Add lentils when adding the broth at the end.
  2. Next, add the diced onions and garlic. Cook for only about 1 minute. Now add the Serrano, peas, pepper, tomatoes, and potatoes. Add optional sazon seasoning at this point. Cook for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve the Better than Bouillon in some hot or warm water. Use a small whisk or a fork to stir until fully dissolved.
  4. Add the water and dissolved bouillon into the pot. Turn the heat up so the water can come to a low boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Add cilantro and simmer for 7-10 minutes to allow the flavors to come together and cook thoroughly.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and sazon (optional) to taste.  Serve in a bowl and add your favorite toppings!
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup

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