Mince Turkey Picadillo

Course : Lunch/Dinner | Cuisine: Latin American | Servings : 2 persons | Cook Time : 30 minutes

Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries including Puerto Rico and Cuba as well as the Philippines. It is made with ground meat, tomatoes, raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region. It is most commonly served with rice or in tacos.

In the Philippines. “Picar” means “to mince,” which is why there’s ground meat in here. The LL makes a “y” sound, so it’s pronounced “peek-a-dee-yo.”

We love this super easy ground turkey recipe and we make this dish in a tomato sauce with olives and tons of flavour.

Mince Turkey Picadillo can be served over rice, with quinoa, in a taco, in lettuce wraps, or baked in a bell pepper.


    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1kg minced ground turkey
    • 1 ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper
    • 1 tso garlic powder
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste
    • 300ml marinara sauce
    • 1 tin cherry tomatoes
    • 1 tin green olives
    • 1 tsp chili flakes


  • Heat a large pan over medium/high heat. Add olive oil, ground turkey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and paprika. Break up the turkey mince and cook through – about 7-9 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, cherry tomatoes, marinara sauce, chili flakes and olives. Stir to combine and let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve over rice, quinoa, in lettuce cups or on it’s own.

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