Picadillo with Chili Cheese Sauce w/Flour Tortilla

Carol White


World Food Championship 2014 - Recipe Category Structure Build " South of the Border". This recipe earned me 7th place in Top Ten Category. Flour Tortilla's filled with a sweet/savory meat filling which is very popular in Mexico and serve in many different recipes. I chose to top my Picadillo with a Chili Cheese Sauce to keep in the recipe theme for this category which was "Cheese".


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6 - using Tortilla Flour Bowls
20 Min
25 Min
Stove Top



  • 6
    flour tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium
    white onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1
    red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 c
    dry sherry
  • 1/2 c
    tomato paste
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 c
    golden raisins
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2
    white onion, diced
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    creama mexicana or sour cream
  • 6 oz
    asiago cheese,grated
  • 6 oz
    sharp cheddar, grated
  • 6 oz
    muenster cheese, grated
  • 2
    fresh red serrano chilies, sliced thin
  • 2
    fresh green chilies or jalapenos peppers, sliced thin

  • ·
    chopped cilantro
  • ·
    mexican 4 cheese blend
  • ·
    sliced red and green chiles
  • ·
    tortilla chips

How to Make Picadillo with Chili Cheese Sauce w/Flour Tortilla


  1. Prep Essentials
    • Double Boiler or non-stick saucepan for cheese sauce
    • Wood Spoon
    • Whisk
    • Cheese Grater
    • Large skillet for Picadillo
  2. Recipe Directions

    Preheat oven @ 400 degrees
    Place Flour tortillas in molds and place on a baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes or until they are light golden brown. Then remove from oven a let cool in molds
  3. Chili Cheese Sauce
    To make the sauce you will need a double boiler.

    1. In skillet over medium heat add olive oil, and then add onions and garlic. Sauté until nice and tender.
    2. Place double boiler half full with water over medium heat. Add heavy cream and Creama Mexicana combine well and bring to a simmer. Then add onions and garlic and blend well.
    3. Add Asiago Cheese, Sharp Cheddar and Muenster to the cream mixture, using a whisk to blend the cheese well. Continue to whisk the sauce until it becomes rich and creamy. Then add red and green chilies, and let the sauce simmer for about 2 minutes.
    4. Reduce the heat to low to keep the cheese sauce warm while preparing Picadillo.
  4. Picadillo
    1. In large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, then add garlic and onions, sauté until slightly softened, then add ground beef and cook until it has browned.
    2. Then add red peppers, sherry, tomato paste and spices (cumin, cinnamon ground cloves and black pepper)
    3. Let simmer for about 2 -3 minutes then add raisins, lower the heat and let simmer for about 5 more minutes. Meat should be cooked through and the mixture moist, but not wet.
  5. Let’s put this South of the Border dish together.

    • Place tortilla bowls on a serving plate and fill them with Picadillo mixture.
    • Then spoon some of chili cheese sauce on top, and then add fresh cilantro, follow by Mexican 4 cheese blend and thin slices of red and green chilies.
    • Serve with tortilla chips as dippers. Enjoy

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