Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains Recipe

Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains Recipe

How To Make Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains

Give in and take a flavorful bite of these sweet baked plantains stuffed with rich and savory turkey picadillo, all topped with cheese!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 6medium plantains,ripe, peeled
  • 12tbspmozzarella cheese,shredded, part skim
  • cilantro,fresh, to garnish

For the Turkey Picadillo:

  • 10ozturkey,93%, lean ground
  • ¼cuponion,finely chopped
  • 2garlic cloves,minced
  • ½medium tomato,chopped
  • ¼cupbell pepper,finely chopped
  • 2tbspcilantro
  • 2oztomato sauce
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ¾tspcumin,ground
  • tsporegano
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1tbspalcaparrado,or capers, or green olives
  • 2tbspbrine
  • ¼cupwater


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Cut a slit lengthwise through the length of the plantain about halfway through. Place them on a baking dish and bake covered with foil for about 40 minutes until soft.

  3. Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey on medium heat in a large sauté pan and season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up into small pieces.

  4. Add the chopped onions, garlic, pepper, tomato, and cilantro and continue cooking on low heat.

  5. Add the alcaparrado (or olives and capers) and about 2 tbsp of the brine (for great flavor) cumin, oregano, bay leaf, and more salt if needed.

  6. Add the tomato sauce and ¼ cup of water, and mix well.

  7. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for about 15 minutes.

  8. Remove the plantains from the oven and fill them with ⅓ cup each of picadillo, then top each with 2 tablespoons of cheese.

  9. Return to the oven and bake for about 5 minutes until melted. Top with cilantro and serve immediately.


  • Calories: 403.85kcal
  • Fat: 11.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.03g
  • Trans Fat: 0.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.27g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.12g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.08g
  • Fiber: 5.03g
  • Sugar: 28.41g
  • Protein: 20.19g
  • Cholesterol: 62.93mg
  • Sodium: 713.55mg
  • Calcium: 213.90mg
  • Potassium: 1137.77mg
  • Iron: 2.10mg
  • Vitamin A: 200.47µg
  • Vitamin C: 44.71mg
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