three Turkey Tacos Picadillo on a plate

Turkey Tacos Picadillo with California Prunes

Turkey Tacos Picadillo are a welcome addition to your Taco Tuesday lineup! They’re lower in fat but still bursting with big flavors. You’ll love this recipe from Carissa Anne Galloway, RDN.

What is “Picadillo”?

Picadillo is traditional Latin American dish that’s often used as filling for tacos or burritos. There’s no specific formula for Picadillo. In Mexico, it’s typically a mix of ground meat and vegetables but we’ve tasted vegetarian versions that are equally delicious.

What’s in Turkey Tacos Picadillo?

In this recipe, Carissa chose ground turkey as the base. It’s high in protein, but lower in fat. Then, she jazzes this dish up with big bold flavors. Olives, garlic, prunes, tomatoes and spices are all simmered with the ground turkey until the flavors meld. To assemble the tacos, she fills corn tortillas with the Turkey Picadillo and tops the taco with cabbage slaw, jalapenos, avocados and sour cream.

What’s Taco Tuesday without margaritas?

a glass filled with a California Prune and Fresh Orange Margarita on a cutting board with chips and salsa

Serve your Turkey Tacos Picadillo with a refreshing Orange Margarita! A splash of prune juice adds depth of flavor (along with valuable nutrients) to this incredible tequila-based cocktail.

three Turkey Tacos Picadillo on a plate

Turkey Tacos Picadillo with California Prunes

Carissa Anne Galloway, RDN
This delicious taco recipe was created by, Carissa Anne Galloway, RDN,
with flavor in mind!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican, RD Creations
Servings 8
Calories 348 kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tsp of your oil of choice I used corn oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can drained diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup sliced green olives
  • ¼ cup diced California Prunes
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Optional Toppings
  • 6 lime wedges
  • ¼ cup lite sour cream
  • ¼ cup diced cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 thinly sliced fresh jalapeno
  • 6 slices California avocado


  • Coat a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray.  Over medium-high heat cook ground turkey, breaking up into bite-size pieces.  Cook 7-8 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Return skillet to medium – high heat and add oil, onion and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Watch for onion to soften but not brown.
  • Stir salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika and cinnamon into onion mixture.  Continue stirring 30 seconds or until spices darken and are fragrant.
  • Pour in broth. Stir to combine.
  • Add tomatoes, cooked turkey, olives and California Prunes to skillet and increase heat to high.  Bring to a simmer.  Stir frequently as it comes to a simmer then decrease heat to medium-low and allow cooking until sauce thickens, 7-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Divide mixture among tortillas.


Add optional toppings and enjoy with a margarita for a delicious meal!


Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 18gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 357mgPotassium: 904mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 762IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 2mg
Keyword ground turkey, tacos, turkey
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