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Spicy Turkey Picadillo

This spicy turkey picadillo is a blend of ground turkey, olives, raisins, Calabrian chilies, spices, and tomato sauce. A quick and easy Cuban meal that everyone will love!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin
Servings: 4
Calories: 202kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 tbsp sofrito
  • 1/2 green bell pepper finely diced
  • 3 tsp Calabrian chilies
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp vino seco dry white wine
  • 1 tsp sazon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup olives
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and brown completely. Add the onions, peppers, and Calabrian chilies. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!


  • I like picadillo to be on the saucy side especially when using ground turkey. Therefore I add a good amount of tomato sauce and water. If you like it less saucy, add less water and tomato sauce.
  • The sazon contains a good amount of salt so be careful not to add too much salt.
  • I used 3 tsp of Calabrian chilies but start with 1 tsp and work your way up until it's spicy enough for you.
  • If you can't find Calabrian chilies, use spicy hot sazon, diced jalapenos, or cayenne pepper instead.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 690mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg