Sunday Slow Cooker: Turkey Picadillo

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Picadillo is one of my all time favorite twists on meat and potatoes. It’s a dish that hails from many countries Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Phillipines to name a few and every country has its own take. My personal favorite is the spicy Mexican version normally made with ground beef, spicy tomato sauce, and potatoes. Today we are mixing things up a bit and substituting in lean ground turkey for the beef and cooking it in the slow cooker instead of simmering it on the stove for hours. Normally it is served with tortillas but it works great over rice, served in sandwich rolls, or stuffed into peppers with rice. For a lower carb/Paleo version, consider substituting in parsnips, turnips, squash, or cauliflower for the potatoes. This also freezes great so consider making a double batch and saving some for later.
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Sunday Slow Cooker: Turkey Picadillo

Sunday Slow Cooker: Turkey Picadillo

COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
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  • 1.5 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced small
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 jalapenos (kept whole)
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 4 tbsp. chipotle peppers in adobo (adjust to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and Pepper

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Brown the turkey and onion in a skillet until no longer pink. In the last 1 minute of cooking, add the garlic,s alt, and and spices.


Meanwhile, blend together the tomato sauce and chipotles, adding the peppers one at a time until it reaches your desired spice level. If you want to skip this step and prefer a milder sauce, simply use the liquid from the can and stir it into the sauce to taste.


Add the turkey, potatoes, carrots, and chipotle tomato sauce to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.


Serve with fresh cilantro. Picadillo is normally eaten with rice and corn tortillas.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 84mg
Sodium 897mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 6g
Protein 23g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Megan Eaton
November 7, 2016 - 04:47
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Another winner! I loved the flavors and used the turkey as a filling in tacos. Mine did not get quite the gravy-like look in the photo, so I'll have to work on this one. Definitely worth repeating!
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