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Healthy Picadillo with Cuban flavors in a white ceramic bowl with white rice and chopped parsley, linen napkin, and copper flatware.

Healthy Picadillo (Cuban Style)

Tamara Andersen
A flavorful Cuban-style picadillo seasoned with a sofrito (onion, garlic, peppers), oregano, cumin, and bay... Serve this healthy dish over plain rice or rice and black beans.
4.54 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Cuban/Spanish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 280 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or chicken see notes
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup carrots matchstick or finely diced see notes
  • 1 cup dry white wine or ½ cup dry sherry
  • ½ cup Spanish olives stuffed with pimento sliced
  • ¾ cup currants raisins, or golden raisins
  • 2 bay leaves fresh if possible
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with liquid (see notes)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • several grinds black pepper


  • Add olive oil to a heavy dutch oven, and heat over medium-high heat. Add ground meat. Begin to break it apart (I like my potato masher for this). When meat begins to brown add onion, cumin, and garlic. When meat is completely cooked, and onion is soft, continue.
  • Add the bell peppers and carrots. Sauté them about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover, but stir occasionally.
  • Simmer until vegetables are tender - about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves and check for seasoning.
  • Enjoy over plain rice or rice and black beans.


Macronutrients from Cooking Light: 280 calories; 26 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 9 g fat. Macros do not include rice!


Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 26gFat: 9g
Keyword 30 minute dinners, Cuban picadillo, gluten free mains, ground turkey picadillo, healthy picadillo recipe, quick weeknight dinners
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