Whole turkey on a white platter with plantains

Pavochon | Puerto Rican Turkey

Juicy and bold, pavochon is a zesty turkey recipe seasoned with garlic, citrus juice, and Latin seasonings and herbs!
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Prep Time: 2 days
Cook Time: 3 hours
Resting Time: 25 minutes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: pavochon, Thanksgiving, turkey
Servings: 16
Author: Neyssa
Cost: 25



  • 14 pounds of turkey defrosted

Pavochon Seasoning Ingredients

  • 20-26 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of sour orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 2 packets of Sazon with achiote
  • 2 limes juiced

Cavity Ingredients

  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 wedges of oranges
  • 1/4 cup of fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 can of dark beer optional


Pavochon Seasoning

  • Add ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth.


  • Dry turkey and remove the giblets and turkey neck. (Discard or save for another recipe, gravy, or stuffing.)
  • Season turkey with pavochon seasoning, both over and under the skin.
  • Cover turkey and refrigerate 12-48 hours.
  • Remove turkey from fridge and let sit at room temperature for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Stuff cavity with cavity ingredients.
  • Tie legs together with kitchen twine.
  • Tuck wings under the side of turkey as you place turkey into a large roasting pan.
  • Roast turkey uncovered until juices are clear and turkey has cooked through.


Don't have sour orange? Replace with the juice of 1 orange and 1 lime.
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