Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Pork Picadillo

Picadillo is a traditional Mexican dish that originated from the state of Sonora. It is a mixture of ground meat, vegetables, and spices, often served with rice or used as a filling for tacos or empanadas. The dish was introduced to Mexico by Spanish colonizers and has evolved over time to include different regional variations. The name ‘picadillo’ comes from the Spanish word ‘picar’, which means ‘to chop’, as the dish usually involves chopping up the ingredients into small pieces.

Air Fryer Pork Picadillo

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: MainCuisine: Mexican
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A quick and easy way to make traditional pork picadillo in your air fryer. This dish is full of flavor and perfect for a weeknight meal.


  • 1 lb ground pork

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground pork, diced onion, minced garlic, diced bell pepper, and minced jalapeno.
  • Add the mixture to the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the tomato mixture over the pork in the air fryer basket and mix well.
  • Cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the raisins and olives to the air fryer and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.


  • Make sure to stir the picadillo occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the air fryer basket.
  • You can use any type of ground meat in this recipe, such as beef or turkey.
  • Serve with rice, tortillas, or on top of a salad for a complete meal.

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