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Dinner With Leftovers: Picadillo Pies

View from above of the Cuban Picadillo pies with green peas.
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Cute Picadillo pies for dinner anyone? Leftovers, frozen pie shells and you have a dinner! No waste and an easier evening for Mama. Boom! Tired human, let’s use up the leftovers! Also kids when dinner is in a form of a mini Picadillo Pies. So cute!

Leftovers for dinner are all Mamas’ dream

Right eh?  Some days, I am all creative and inspired in the kitchen and some others… I am just a busy mom with a full-time job, 2 kids, a husband and a house to keep up in order.  Some days I am just tired and I don’t want to bother too much… Please don’t let me hang there, tell me you can relate.  Yes, you do. LIFE IS BUSY so use your Picadillo leftovers!

Winter has been tough this year, which means that the kiddos exchange all sorts of germs at the day care.  And one mini-superman gets sick, little-princess takes over… that is on average 6 awful nights and long evenings.  You see where I am getting at?  An easy dinner is well deserved. Eventually some vacations too and fine by me if it is thanks to some Picadillo leftovers.

The leftovers I am talking about today is picadillo, the flavoured ground beef, Cuban style.

View from above of the Cuban Picadillo pies with green peas.

The recipe is very simple: some leftovers + Store-bought frozen tart shells (no proud but well… You know YOU are not alone and I AM not alone!) + some greens peas + some cheese!

Also, the green peas can be substitute by any other veggie you have on hand, this is just to give you good conscience. And I’m hiding greens for el Cubano not the kids. Believe it or not!

You are welcome!  See?  We all have weaknesses… What is yours?

The original Picadillo recipe is here, it’s easy to prepare.

Cuban Picadillo in a white dish.

More inspiration with leftovers with this Chicken Quesadillas or these chicken patties that were a hit!

My advice about leftovers

Finally, I recommend reading my article about menu planning as it is quite relevant to using your leftovers, not wasting and saving money! I also share my menu planning on my Instagram stories, look for the Highlight What’s For Dinner.

Picadillo Pies

This is more an inspiration than a recipe…
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Cuban, dinner, easy, inspiration, leftovers, picadillo, pie shells
Servings: 4 people
Author: Mélanie


  • 2 cups Leftover Picadillo
  • 8 Pie shells 2 per person
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas optional
  • 1/2 cup Grated cheese of choice


  • Put a few green peas in each tart shells. 
  • Fill out the shells with the Picadillo.
  • Sprinkle some grated cheese.
  • Bake in the oven 15 min at 375F.
  • Serve with some steamed veggies, a salad or a soup. Enjoy!

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