Cook This: Turkey Picadillo


Turkey Picadillo is a lighter alternative to my favorite Cuban beef picadillo dish only it’s made with ground turkey instead. I actually prefer this Cuban classic recipe with turkey as it feels lighter. I always serve atop a bed of rice in a bowl.


1 package of ground turkey or ground chuck

4 oz canned tomato sauce

1 sweet onion, chopped

3 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup of white cooking wine


1 cube of chicken broth


Spanish olives

1 potato chopped into squares


Over in the oven, heat up a potato chopped into tiny squares with olive oil until golden. Toss the onions, red pepper, garlic and chicken broth cube into a hot pan of olive oil. This is called sofrito and is the base of many South American dishes. Once the onions are translucent, add the ground turkey or ground chuck. Brown the ground turkey and drain excess water/fat. I break up my ground turkey with this device from Amazon. Once the turkey is cooked, add the tomato sauce, white cooking wine and 1/4 cup water. Add salt and pepper to taste and the cooked potato cubes. Some people like this dish with Spanish olives and raisins, too, so this would be the time to add them. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minute. Serve over a bed of rice. 


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