Turkey Picadillo In Puff Pastry Cups

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"A spicy turkey picadillo served in pretty little puff pastry cups. Made for Ready...Set...Cook 2018 on FF&F."

Original is 6 servings
  • Note: this recipe was developed for a cooking game that did not allow use of Mexican Cotija cheese or queso fresco. Either of these cheeses would be much BETTER than the cheddar cheese included as an optional ingredient. ;-)


  • Serving Size: 1 (193.4 g)
  • Calories 408
  • Total Fat - 25.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 29.9 mg
  • Sodium - 496.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 29.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.3 g
  • Sugars - 4.6 g
  • Protein - 17.2 g
  • Calcium - 120.8 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the turkey, until it is no longer pink. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Add the onion and garlic and cook one minute longer.

Step 3

Add the diced tomatoes and chopped bell pepper. Cook an additional three minutes, or until the peppers begin to soften.

Step 4

Add the salsa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes. Add more salsa if needed. It should be moist, but not soupy. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. If you like it spicier, add some red pepper flakes or minced fresh Serrano chiles.

Step 5

Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 6

Prepare the Puff Pastry shells per package directions. When they are close to done, heat the picadillo until piping hot.

Step 7

Open the shells, fill with the picadillo, add a dollop of crema or sour cream, then garnish with cilantro, green onion, and olives. Top with shredded cheddar, if using (optional).

Step 8

Serve immediately


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Be sure to select a salsa that has a flavor profile that you enjoy. If you prefer a spicier picadillo, you can add red pepper flakes or minced fresh Serrano chiles.
  • If you want to take the dish to the next level, replace the optional cheddar cheese with Mexican Cotija cheese or queso fresco.

  • Instead of ground turkey, use ground beef. This substitution will add a richer flavor to the dish, as well as more fat and protein.
  • Instead of Frontera Double Roasted Tomato Salsa, use El Pato Tomato Sauce. This substitution will add more heat to the dish, as El Pato Tomato Sauce is spicier than the salsa.

Vegetarian Option Replace the ground turkey with a can of black beans, drained and rinsed. Add a tablespoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of cumin to the vegetables when cooking. Omit the cheddar cheese.

Mexican Rice: This flavorful side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the spicy Turkey Picadillo in Puff Pastry Cups. The Mexican Rice is cooked with onion, garlic, and jalapeno, and is a great way to balance out the flavors of the dish.

Black Bean and Corn Salad: This fresh and flavorful salad is a great accompaniment to the Mexican Rice. The black beans and corn are combined with tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro, and dressed with a zesty lime vinaigrette. The bright flavors of the salad will help to balance out the richness of the Turkey Picadillo in Puff Pastry Cups.


Q: How can I adjust the spiciness of the picadillo?

A: You can adjust the spiciness of the picadillo by adding red pepper flakes or minced fresh Serrano chiles. You can also adjust the spiciness by using a spicier salsa or El Pato Tomato Sauce.

Q: What type of meat is used in picadillo?

A: Picadillo typically uses ground beef or ground pork, but it can also be made with ground chicken or turkey.

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Fun facts:

FUN FACT 1: The use of olives in Mexican cuisine dates back to the Aztecs, who used them as a condiment in many of their dishes. Olives are still used in many traditional Mexican dishes today.

FUN FACT 2: The puff pastry used in this recipe was invented in the 16th century by French chefs, who used it to make elaborate desserts for the French court. Today, puff pastry is used in a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory.