This twist on the Latin American staple is made healthier with lean ground turkey and crisp apples. It doubles well. Try tucking it into whole-wheat tortillas or serve over instant brown rice for a quick and healthy supper. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until soft, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add turkey; cook, stirring and breaking up, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes.

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  • Stir in cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and cloves; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in vinegar, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in apple, tomato, olives and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring often, until any liquid in the pan has reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 8 minutes. Stir in scallion greens and serve.

Nutrition Facts

285 calories; 14 g total fat; 2.7 g saturated fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 608 mg sodium. 666 mg potassium; 18.9 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 23.8 g protein; 892 IU vitamin a iu; 21 mg vitamin c; 27 mcg folate; 42 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 21 mg magnesium;

Reviews (22)

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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2017
I thought this was a surprisingly good recipe. We didnt have any olives and used honey crisp apples. We put it in wraps with swiss cheese and spinach and it was great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2017
This recipe came out delicious. I used 1lb of turkey instead of the 8oz and just doubled the ingredients that were listed here. I truly enjoyed this. The meat was tender and juicy. I served it brown rice. I will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2017
i liked cooking this recipes i thought it would be bland but i added some sweetcorn and chilli powder spice to give it alittle kick and a tbsp of sour cream and it was lovely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2016
Fast and easy recipe! I substituted the ground turkey for spicy turkey sausage. It added a bit more of a kick to the dish. I didn't have cloves on hand but honestly didn't miss it. The added scallions gave it a beautiful complete look! I served it on top of vegetable quinoa. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/11/2014
Not bad.. This was an ok recipe a little bland so I added a little tomato paste and some red wine. Pros: easy to make Cons: a little bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2014
Soooooooo good!! I make 6 servings of this recipe and have it for lunch at work the entire week. I've just changed my diet to start eating healthier and low calorie and this works well. It's quick and easy. I just love it! Thanks eating well Pros: The mixture of flavors Cons: Nothing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2013
Surprisingly Good:) I was very skeptical of this recipe especially with the apple but tried it and was pleasantly surprised. It was very tasty! I doubled the recipe (exceptions- for the oil left it as is no cloves since I didn't have cloves used Gala apples and added some red pepper flakes bc I love spicy food ). Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2013
Awful just plain awful I'm a very good cook and can usually salvage dishes that miss the mark. There was nothing that could save this mess. The flavors were battling each other and no one came out a winner. Pros: fiber for the disposal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2012
Added blue cheese on top. Soo delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2012
I served this over quinoa since my husband is on a high protein diet. I used canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh and added a little more Worcestershire sauce. Also I used Pink Lady apples and didn't peel them since there are so many nutrients in the skin. It was a great mix of sweet and spicy; both my husband and I loved it and will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2012
Great health dinner! Recently made some changes to my diet in an effort to lose weight. Made this for dinner and it was great!ni highly recommend putting over brown rice. Will definitely try this in a tortilla. Perfect fall dinner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family absolutely LOVED this dish! I had to double the recipe--I'm not sure why you would cook only 8oz. of ground turkey--and it was superb. Yes I even used two apples and two chopped tomatoes. We scooped the finished product onto warmed flour tortillas (fajita-size) and added lettuce and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. My husband added sour cream and said he liked having the creamy texture in his "burrito " but it didn't taste that good. I'm thinking maybe next time I'll make some type of yogurt mix to add. Personally I liked it "as-is." My seven-year old son loved it. It's different than anything I've ever made and the taste was unexpected but in a good way. With the cloves it also had a seasonal taste (autumn harvest cider). We'll definitely be adding this to our list of favorite meals. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I hate to add another comment but I must. I took this to our family Christmas party (25 people) and everyone LOVED it. I made 3 double-batches and they scarfed it down! I also made a double-batch for my friend who had surgery and she's asking for the recipe (as is half my family!) Yum! Thanks eatingwell.com for this fabulous recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
As a Puerto Rican who grew up eating "regular" picadillo and loving it this was a tough sell. The is dish is inspired by the original but is its own animal. It has totally different flavor of course given the ingredients (apple cider vinegar being the key in my opinion). It's a healthy alternative to the original and a crowd-pleaser. I add a whole can of tomatoes to make it saucier and serve it over white rice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this several times (perhaps once a year?) and love the unusual combination of flavors. My husband and 6 year old also like it. As tomatoes are out of season I often use diced no salt added canned tomatoes. This recipe might be a bit sweet for those who don't prefer any sweetness in a main course. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this dish- I serve it in lettuce wraps. great flavor and simple Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We really liked this although I made a few changes. I used a pound of ground turkey and a can of diced tomatoes instead of the whole tomato. I also had to substitute black olives because I didn't have green. I added a bit more of all of the spices and also added cayenne pepper to spice it up a little more. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yum. I also grew up with this dish born and raised in California and always loved it spicy and tangy. Add some chopped de-veined jalapeno finish it with some cilantro and a squirt of lime juice. YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Laura: Maybe you could Google "Tzatziki Sauce" and create a version of that. I think you have a good idea there! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Way too much Cider Vinegar This would have been really good if there wasn't so much vinegar. Decrease the vinegar to 1 tsp. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Good Family Food This was different than most "burrito-type fillings" and I felt good about serving it since it had more fiber and vitamins. We liked it over brown rice. Pros: Healthy Taste appeals to kids & adults Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Cold-weather goodness I was a little skeptical as I was making this...but surprised by how good it was! I don't like olives so left them out but other than that made just as instructed. Served over rice it was delicious but I really want to try it with tortillas next time because I'm sure the tastes will compliment perfectly. It was like the more I ate it - the better it tasted and very flavorful and satisfying. Also great the next day for lunch. Read More