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The picadillo served with white rice on the side on a gray plate and garnished with parsley leaves.

Turkey Picadillo

This turkey picadillo is just as good as a traditional beef picadillo. Don’t worry all the flavor is still there. A combination of vegetables and spices make sure of that.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword cuban food, ground turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 316kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion finely diced – we used a yellow onion
  • 2 Medium Carrots small dice
  • 1 Celery rib small dice
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey use lean but not turkey breast – we used 93/7
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Salt – we used Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup White Wine or use chicken broth
  • 1 8 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ½ cup Pitted Spanish Olives sliced in half or whole


  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook the vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring almost constantly.
  • Raise the heat to high and add the ground turkey, tomato paste, salt, oregano, cumin, black pepper and immediately start to stir and break up the meat using a wooden spoon or a spatula.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes to brown the turkey while stirring and continuing to break it up.
  • When the turkey is browned, carefully add the white wine to the skillet; cook about 1-2 minutes until most of the liquid evaporates.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the tomato sauce, water and olives to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
  • Cover the skillet and cook for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and come together. Stir occasionally and keep it at a simmer. If the liquid is boiling too vigorously, lower the heat as needed.
  • Taste the picadillo and add salt if needed. As a reference, we did not add extra salt to ours.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1283mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5596IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg