Turkey Picadillo

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    This turkey picadillo recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight meal! Full of salty, briny, and sweet flavors!

    Turkey picadillo

    Probably one of my favorite savory flavors is briny and salty.

    I am always asking for extra extra dirty martinis.

    And even then, I don’t think it’s briny enough for me.

    I mean, might as well just dump the entire liquid contents of an olive jar into my drink.

    This is also probably why I love pickleback shots.

    Have you ever had them? Lol, they are probably the wrong decision to make but they’re so good.

    Enough about drinking, let’s talk about turkey picadillo.

    I hope I don’t get people coming after me for this because I know it’s not traditional to use ground turkey.

    I do think that the beauty of recipes is the ability to be able to tweak to your taste preferences.

    Anyway, this picadillo has got everything that I love in a savory dish.

    It’s comforting, briny, sweet, and full of flavor.

    I’m usually NEVER a raisin fan but if you find golden raisins (which of course I could not find) it would be excellent in this.

    This turkey picadillo recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight meal! Full of salty, briny, and sweet flavors!

    What exactly is turkey picadillo?

    Well, it’s actually just picadillo but I called it turkey picadillo because I used ground turkey in this instead of the traditional ground beef.

    According to Wikipedia, it’s a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and also the Philippines that’s similar to a hash.

    You can serve it with rice (which is what I did) or put it in tacos!

    This turkey picadillo recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight meal! Full of salty, briny, and sweet flavors!

    Save the briny liquid!

    I think what makes this turkey picadillo stand out is the briny flavor from the liquid of the olives and capers.

    I know it’s probably easier to drain the liquid and then get out the olives and capers but just pour it all into a bowl if it’s that hard to get out.

    You need to save the liquid! It is what makes this dish so special!

    Well, at least in my opinion because I love all things briny.

    This turkey picadillo recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight meal! Full of salty, briny, and sweet flavors!

    Can I substitute the manzanilla olives for black olives?

    No, black olives just don’t do this dish justice.

    Can I omit the capers?

    You can and just use more olives but capers are definitely preferred.

    This turkey picadillo recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight meal! Full of salty, briny, and sweet flavors!

    What if I don’t like raisins?

    You can omit them or try another dried fruit.

    Can I use another type of ground meat?

    You can use ground beef as it is how it’s traditionally made but ground chicken would also work.

    This turkey picadillo recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight meal! Full of salty, briny, and sweet flavors!

    What do you serve turkey picadillo with?

    I served it over rice.

    Check out other ground turkey recipes that you may like:

    Pumpkin BBQ sloppy joe’s

    Stovetop turkey quinoa chili

    Zucchini turkey meatballs

    Asian orange turkey lettuce wraps

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    Turkey Picadillo

    This turkey picadillo is so easy to put together and has the best flavor combinations of briny, salty, and sweet!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 25 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Latin America
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
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    Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
    • 1: 15- ounce can tomato sauce
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2/3 cup chopped manzanilla olives plus 1 tablespoon brine
    • 2 tablespoons capers plus 1 tablespoon brine
    • 1/3 cup golden raisins
    • 2 bay leaves
    • Salt, to taste

    Instructions

    • In a large skillet over medium high heat, add a little cooking oil. Brown and break up ground turkey. Add in the onions, bell pepper, and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Stir to incorporate.
    • Add the tomato sauce, water, olives, capers, brine, golden raisins, and bay leaves. Stir.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
    • Season with salt, to taste.
    • Serve over rice and enjoy!
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