The Best and Easy Meatless Filipino Picadillo

Are you looking for an easy and budget-friendly comfort dish? This picadillo recipe has many variations, but the Filipino Picadillo, aka Giniling, is my favorite. Traditionally, picadillo is cooked with ground beef or ground pork. However this recipe is meatless, but I promise it is super flavorful and will satisfy your craving.

What is picadillo?

Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines. The main ingredients include ground meat, tomato sauce, raisins, olives, and many other vegetables. 

How to serve picadillo?

You can serve this over rice; however, I have seen it used as a filling in dishes like savory pastries and tacos. 

What vegetables can I add?

The most popular vegetable pairs well with picadillo are potatoes and carrots. However, when growing up, my parents usually used red bell peppers. I have also seen variations with peas and even chayote for a more soupy picadillo.

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Meatless Picadillo (Filipino Style)

Melanie L
This dish is the Filipino version of Picadillo. It is typically cooked with ground pork. I had to make it meatless, and it is super delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Filipino, Latin-American, Spanish Inspired
Servings 4


  • 12 oz Impossible ground "meat"
  • 4 oz Hot tomato sauce (or regular tomato sauce)
  • 100 grams Green bell pepper
  • 100 grams Red bell pepper
  • 2 medium Pre-boiled Potatoes
  • 50 grams Red onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Fish sauce
  • Cooking spray


  • Chop the onion and mince the garlic
  • Wash the bell peppers, pat dry and diced
  • Cube the pre-boiled potatoes
  • In a hot skillet, spray cooking oil, add the impossible meat and cook for about 3 minutes
  • Add the onion and garlic and mix well for about 1 minute
  • Add the potatoes, hot tomato sauce, and start with 1 tbsp of fish sauce, Mix and cook for about 4 minutes
  • At this point give it a taste, add the red and green bell peppers. You can add 1 tbsp of fish sauce if needed, Mix and continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy it over rice.


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Keyword ground meat stew, Meatless, picadillo

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