Smoked Turkey Picadillo Tostadas



1/4 c brown sugar

3 tbsp white sugar

1/4 c Kosher salt

3 qt water

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp oregano leaves

3 bay leaves

8 TURKEY LEGS or 4 TURKEY HINDQUARTERS (LEG & THIGH), If using hindqters, remove thigh bone

3 tbsp vegetable oil

3 oz red onion, sliced

3 oz yellow bell pepper, sliced 1 inch strips

3 oz red bell pepper, sliced 1 inch strips

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/8 tsp ground allspice

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

1/4 c sliced almonds, toasted

1/2 c cilantro leaves

2 c black beans, cooked

6 oz liquid from cooked black beans

2 tbsp peanut oil

1/4 c white onion, fine dice

1 tbsp garlic, minced

6 oz chipotle sauce, prepared sauce

2 tsp ground cumin, toasted

2 tsp ground oregano, toasted

2 tsp red wine vinegar

1/4 c red pepper, fine dice

1/4 c red onion, fine dice

5 serrano chiles, seeded and fine dice

1/4 c Roma tomatoes, seeded and fine dice

2 tbsp cilantro, fine chop

1 tbsp mint, fine chop

4 avocados, small dice

2 limes, juiced

To Taste kosher salt

12 corn tostada shells, 7 inch, fried crisp

3/4 c Queso Fresco (or substitute plain feta cheese)

As needed cilantro leaves

As needed sliced almonds, toasted




In a saucepot, mix together the sugars, salt, water, spices and herbs. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugars and salt are dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Pour the cooled brine over the turkey parts, completely covering the turkey.

Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 12 hours but no more than 14 hours.

Remove turkey from the brine and quickly rinse off the herbs and spices under cold water.

Smoke the turkey at 300 degrees F for 1.5 hours with light applewood smoke (or according to the manufacturer's directions), or until the turkey parts are cooked through to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. If a smoker is not available, use pecan or mesquite wood with a wood burning grill and replenish the wood as needed to maintain a 300 degree F heat.


Remove poultry from turkey legs and shred into bite size pieces. Measure 4 pounds of shredded smoked turkey.

Heat saute pan over medium-high heat and add oil. When oil begins to smoke, add onions and saute until they start to brown on edges; add 4 pounds turkey and peppers and continue to cook over medium-high heat.

Once turkey and peppers begin to brown, add brown sugar and spices. Cook until sugar is melted, approximately 45 seconds.

Deglaze pan with vinegar and continue to cook until all liquid is evaporated. Remove from saute pan and cool on a sheet pan. Once cool, stir in almonds and cilantro leaves.


Puree cooked beans and liquid in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.

Heat peanut oil in a large saute pan, over high heat. Saute onions and garlic until they begin to brown. Add pureed beans, chipotle sauce, cumin and oregano.

Lower heat to medium and allow entire mixture to thicken, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

After mixture thickens, stir in vinegar.


Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Season to taste.

Pack the avocado salsa into a ring mold to form the base for the tostada.

Note: The salsa must be used immediately or discoloration will occur.


Cover tostada shells with black bean spread and top with picadillo mixture.

Serve with avocado salsa. Garnish with fine crumble Queso Fresco cheese and additional cilantro leaves and toasted sliced almonds.

Can be served hot or cold. If served hot, omit cooling step in picadillo method.

Note: May also be served as a lunch entree.


Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 1140

Calories from Fat 570

Total Fat 64 g

% Daily Total Fat 98

Saturated Fat 16 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 98

Cholesterol 29 g

% Daily Cholesterol 10

Sodium 870 mg

% Daily Sodium 36

Total Carbohydrates 29 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 10

Dietary Fiber 9 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 36

Sugars 5 g

Protein 109 g

% Daily Protein 15

% Daily Vitamin C 70

% Daily Calcium 25

% Daily Iron 60