Apple Turkey Picadillo

Apple Turkey Picadillo

19 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine September/October 2007

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.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 medium tart green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallion greens


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  1. 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.
  2. 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 information

  • Serving size: 1 1/4 cups
  • Per serving: 285 calories; 14 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 65 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 892 IU vitamin A; 21 mg vitamin C; 42 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 608 mg sodium; 666 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 4 lean protein, 1 fat

Reviews 19

August 31, 2016
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By: Sophie Korson
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.
September 11, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
April 02, 2014
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By: rosagrimes573
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
July 13, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
March 07, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
December 07, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Added blue cheese on top. Soo delicious,
September 11, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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.
September 10, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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!
March 26, 2011
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By: Ashlee Yap
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.