Remember last week’s SXSW party that I threw at my house with Electrolux? Well now that the festival craziness has died down, I’m making good on my promise to share La Condesa’s recipe for the mouthwatering picadillo tacos that they served (along with a smorgasbord of others…impossibly to choose a favorite!) I loved the way we filled each miniature bamboo plate with a couple of tiny tacos and a small serving of rice and black beans. The perfect size for party snacking, though I think I might have eaten a few of them throughout the night! While we’re on the subject, have I ever shared my total obsession with small tacos of any kind? Lucky for me, in Austin you can really eat them around the clock. My east-coast friends usually don’t know what I’m talking about when I say we’re going out for “breakfast tacos,” but in Texas, starting a Saturday morning with a warm flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, salsa and/or potatoes is totally typical. Do y’all have any favorite taco combos? I’m always looking for a new one to try, so please share yours in the comments! And keep reading for the picadillo recipe… 

Picadillo Tacos

4 – 6 servings


  • 3/4 lb ground brisket (or ground sirloin)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 cup salsa roja, purchased or homemade
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1 cup golden raisins, soaked in hot water for at least 15 minutes
  • 10 – 12 corn tortillas
  • toppings: arugula, thinly-sliced radishes, queso fresco

1. In a large skillet, sauté onion and garlic in a little olive oil on medium-low, about 10 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned. Add bay leaf and salsa, and cook until simmering. Add potatoes, and cook until tender. Add water as needed if mixture becomes too thick. Add raisins and season with salt & pepper.

2. Warm tortillas by holding them over an open gas flame with tongs for about 30 seconds per side.

3. Fill tortillas with beef mixture, then top with arugula, radishes and a few shavings of cheese.

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Comments (14)
  1. 1
    Charlotte March 20, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Going to make these

  2. 2
    Freya March 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    The presentation is amazing! I think flavor is a HUGE factor in food but I think presentation is also important!

  3. 3
    Mia March 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I LOVE soft tacos! Those photos are mouthwatering. I don’t know if this is traditional, but I’m vegetarian so my favorite tacos to make are sauteed or grilled portabella mushrooms and onions, crumbled cotija cheese, and of course salsa and guacamole. And yes always with a side of black beans or pinto beans!

    • Camille Styles March 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

      That sounds so good Mia! Lately I’ve definitely been on the hunt for some yummy satisfying vegetarian meals (trying to nix meat at least a couple nights a week!) and this sounds absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing!

      • Mia March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        I might have missed it, but I couldn’t find it on this post and the original one from a few days ago… could you please share where the bamboo plates are from? Thank you!

        • Camille Styles March 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          La Condesa actually ordered them – let me find out and I’ll get back to you!!

  4. 4
    Kimberly March 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Yumm…this looks delish! Can’t wait to try it.

  5. 5
    Laurie March 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Oh YUM YUM- thank you! Love your blog- keep this great stuff coming!! 🙂

  6. 6
    Lindsey March 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Oh man, I’ve got a huge craving for tacos now!

    Et tu, tutu?

  7. 7
    Platinum Touch Events March 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Those look absolutely delicious! I think i’ll be having tacos for lunch!!!

  8. 8
    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing March 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Oh my word. These sound a-mah-zing 🙂


  9. 9
    Kelley Burrus March 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Delish. Thanks for sharing. These are divine.

  10. 10
    Priscilla Joy March 21, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Looks absolutely delicious.
    Hope you are having a great week.
    xx from Curacao