Turkey Picadillo Sandwiches

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 53 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 33 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
Save Recipe


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 medium onion, diced

8 cloves garlic, chopped

3 bay leaves

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

1/3 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup chopped pimento-stuffed olives, plus 2 tablespoons olive juice

4 soft sesame buns or Portuguese rolls, split

Sliced avocado, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until slightly soft, about 2 minutes. Add the bay leaves, cumin, chili powder and allspice; toast 1 to 2 minutes. Add the turkey, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Cook about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat.
  2. Add the tomato paste and stir until brick red, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 cups water, the raisins, olives and olive juice. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over medium heat until thickened, about 15 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring, 3 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the cut sides of the rolls with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and warm in the oven, about 5 minutes. Fill the rolls with the turkey mixture. Garnish with avocado, if desired.
Get the Recipe

Peanut Butter Molten Bundt

This decadent chocolate bundt cake is filled with molten peanut butter.

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Chili

Turkey Tetrazzini

Roasted Turkey

Turkey Lasagna

Turkey Bolognese

Perfect Roast Turkey

Classic Turkey Gravy

🤤 More Drool-Worthy Recipes