Turkey Picadillo #WeekdaySupper

Turkey Picadillo

Turkey Picadillo

Picadillo is a very traditional Mexican dish that is very easy to prepare and inexpensive. For me picadillo is comfort food from my childhood and today I want to share with you my version inspired in the original but with a twist for this week’s #WeekdaySupper event. This is what you will need to prepare Mexican style Turkey Picadillo:


  • 1 pound of lean turkey ground meat (you can use lean beef or chicken if desired)
  • 1 cup of white onions finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh carrots cut in rounds
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped
  • 2 fire roasted tomatoes diced in cubes (can be replaced with a can of fire roasted diced tomato)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 3 serrano chiles (whole)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Serves 4-6 guests. Cost per person $2.00 depending on local ingredients cost. You will need a chef’s knife, a chopping block, a sauteing pan with a lid and a wooden spoon.

Start by doing the prep, this is dicing the ingredients, roasting the tomatoes and having everything ready to start the cooking process of this delicious Turkey Picadillo. In the stove place the sauteing pan and add the olive oil, then fry the turkey meat and separate well. Then add the garlic and the onion, combine well and add the diced green pepper. Season with the black pepper, the sea salt and the taco seasoning. Finally add the tomatoes and the whole serrano chiles and stir. Add the chicken broth and cover. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. This dish the more it simmers the best the flavors will develop. It is suggested to cook a day in advance for better flavor. You can serve the Mexican Turkey Picadillo with white rice and homemade corn tortillas.

The Mexican Turkey Picadillo is great option to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month which started on September 15 and goes through October 15.

If you enjoyed this recipe here is  what you have to look forward to this week for inspiration:

09/24/13 – Tuesday – Alida’s Kitchen – Tortellini Primavera
09/25/13 – Wednesday – That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Chicken Bulgoge
09/26/13 – Thursday – Cookin’ Mimi - Chicken Fajita Melts
09/27/13 – Friday – Shockingly Delicious – Tuna Tomato Cucumber End-of-Summer Salad



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  • http://magnoliadays.com/ Renee

    Picadillo is one of my favorite meals. I’ve never thought to make it with ground turkey and now I’m inspired to do so. I also like that you used fresh tomatoes (I use a sauce). This is a must try recipe for me.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Many thanks Renee picadillo is a dish that was very common for weekday supper when growing up definitely a family favorite. When looking into healthier choices turkey became a favorite of my family and now we eat it very often, thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.mamaespecialcuentaconmigo.com laura Rodriguez

    Adriana thank you for the recipe, my family is not a fun of turkey meat, but I have to make this recipe, because looks so tasty!! I think they going to love it!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Hola Laura, if your family prefers beef, chicken or pork you can replace with any of those proteins to prepare this easy recipe, thanks for stopping by!

  • http://Www.coolmomscooltips.blogspot.com Coolchillmom

    Total yum!
    Thanks for an entire week of taste buds pleasure and help

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Gracias Taty enjoy the week!

  • http://www.consaborakafe.com Karina Fernández (@consaboraKaFe)

    En casa a todos nos encanta el picadillo. Desde hace unos meses lo estoy haciendo con pavo en vez de beez y sabe igual de delicioso.

  • http://bohemianbabushka.blogspot.com/ Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka)

    I’ve tried making turkey picadillo and wasn’t too impressed, but maybe with this recipe I’ll be wowed. Considering it’s your recipe I probably will be. BB2U

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Cubans are experts on Picadillo many thanks for your comment and coming from you I feel very flattered!

  • http://www.unacolombianaencalifornia.com Cristina

    Nunca he probado el picadillo y he escuchado que es una delicia.
    Gracias por la receta, la podré probar ahora hecha en mi propia cocina ;)

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      El picadillo es una receta muy tradicional es un platillo común en Mexico y en Cuba y seguramente en otros países de centroamérica y el caribe. Si pruebas esta receta déjanos saber que tal te gusto, saludos!

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  • http://www.familyfoodie.com Family Foodie

    I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it on my family. I love learning about ethnic dishes through #weekdaysupper and I am so glad you are a contributor!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      I will be delighted to know how your family like it!

  • http://365thingsswfl.com/ Paula -Growing Up Bilingual

    Last week I ate picadillo for the first time and was not impressed but now that I see your recipe I realize that the place where I had it just didn’t make it very well. This looks delicious and healthier, can’t wait to try this turkey version.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Many thanks Paula picadillo is a serious thing for us Latinos every culture has their own version this recipe is Mexican style y hope you like it!

  • http://mamaholistica.com S. Yissele

    Que delicioso se ve y me alegra que lleve pavo, muchas gracias por la receta, ya veo si tengo todos los ingredientes.

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Gracias amiga por tus comentarios, saludos!

  • http://www.comiendoenla.com Natalia Carter – ComiendoenLA

    La receta se ve super sencilla y tiene todos los ingredientes que me gustan.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Muy muy facil, saludos!

  • http://www.entrecomprasyelhogar.com Diana Rodriguez – Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Que delicia!!! Tengo que probarlo!! Gracias!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Gracias Diana!

  • http://www.naturalmentemama.com Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    My husband just walked by and said: mmmm.. eso se ve rico!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      That is so cool, thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.dailycurlz.com dailycurlz

    a que hora paso? estoy loca por probar tu sazon :)

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Ya vente, aca te espero!!!

  • http://lacocinadevero.com Veronica Cervera

    Se ve delicioso. Entre nos, no he hecho nunca picadillo de pavo ;-) Voy a probarlo.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Muchas gracias Vero, este picadillo es diferente al picadillo cubano pero es muy rico!

  • http://alidaskitchen.com Alida

    What a wonderful, simple dish. This looks so delicious!!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Many thanks Alida I love yours too that tortellini sounds amazing!

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  • http://www.livinglavidablogging.com Sofia – Living La Vida Blogging

    I have a hard time not over cooking ground meat. Turkey has even less fat so it might be even harder. This recipe looks great and easy to do. A nice dish to try out! Thanks for the tips =)

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Hi Sofia this recipe is very easy and there is no way to overcook the turkey, you will get fabulous results by keeping it moist with the broth. I’m sure you will have great results. Saludos!

  • http://www.ninaonthemoon.com nina

    yummy, que rico se ve esta pocadillo de pavo! i love turkey :D especially in the fall!!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Gracias preciosa besos!

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