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Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is a healthy, flavourful gluten-free meal that can be made in one pot for your whole family to enjoy! 

This Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is a healthy, flavourful gluten-free meal that can be made in one pot for your whole family to enjoy!

You don’t have to eat bland boring food to eat healthy and this Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is proof enough of that!

It’s a simple but delicious combination of healthy ingredients that will fuel your family and have them asking you to make it again.

Try These Sweet Potato Hash Variations:

  • Use ground chicken, extra lean ground beef, fresh turkey,  or hot Italian sausage.
  • Swap out the sweet potatoes for yukon gold and add some sweet bell peppers.
  • Try adding different veggies; halved grape tomatoes, spinach, brussel sprouts, mushrooms or corn would make great additions to the base recipe.
  • Use different types of cheese; cheddar, gouda, Monterey Jack and swiss would all work great among others.
  • Add more spices from your pantry to make this sweet potato hash recipe even more flavourful. Try curry, paprika, sage, thyme, rosemary, or even just hot sauce.
  • Make it creamy; try stirring in sour cream or yogurt for a change of flavour and texture.
Ingredients for Sweet Potato hash.

Tips for Making the Best Potato Skillet

Notes for Cooking the Sweet Potatoes

To avoid burning your food, you need to ensure your skillet isn’t too full with sweet potatoes.

If your cast iron skillet is 9-10 inches, the ideal amount of diced sweet potato is about 2-3 cups.

If you are going to double the recipe, cook the sweet potatoes in batches.

Some readers have also mentioned that they boil the sweet potato until tender then add to the hash. That works too!

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How to Make a Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Yields:  6 Servings  | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, then the garlic and cook for 1 minute before adding the ground turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break apart meat and continue cooking approximately 8 minutes until browned.

Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to incorporate.

Cooking the turkey, onion, and bell peppers in a skillet.

Add onion and bell pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Sweet potatoes added to the skillet.

Add diced sweet potato and water. Stir and cover with a lid for approximately 6-8 minutes until the sweet potatoes soften. Add additional water during this process if needed to keep the meat from drying out.

Remove lid and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Top with shredded mozzarella and allow it to melt. Remove skillet from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
Yield: 6 servings

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is a healthy, flavourful gluten-free meal that can be made in one pot for your whole family to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, then the garlic and cook for 1 minute before adding the ground turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break apart meat and continue cooking approximately 8 minutes until browned.
  2. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to incorporate.
  3. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add diced sweet potato and water. Stir and cover with a lid for approximately 6-8 minutes until the sweet potatoes soften. Add additional water during this process if needed to keep the meat from drying out.
  4. Remove lid and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Top with shredded mozzarella and allow it to melt. Remove skillet from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

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Kim W

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

Hi! Excited to try this tonight. On your next revision or update, if you could list the ingredients in order of use, it would help the efficiency of the recipe. Thanks!

Liz Lampman

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

Done, not sure how I missed that all this time, I hate when the ingredients are out of order! Sorry about that!

Kristin

Thursday 21st of September 2023

I have made this so many times now and it’s such a quick and easy dinner! Also super easy to add/sub whatever veggies you have on hand - my favourite additions are broccoli and zucchini!

Emily

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

I added black beans and topped it with avocado. My picky family loved it!

Milan

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

Have you tried to freeze this for a future meal? Trying to stock my freezer with quick, easy to re-heat meals.

Liz Lampman

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

I haven't tried freezing it because of the cheese. If you prepared it without the cheese and froze it, it would freeze well. You could add the cheese when heating it.

Diane

Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

I didn’t have high expectations for this dish. Ground turkey is pretty bland but it was amazing! The spices and mix of veggies was great! I added a bit of plain Greek yogurt to top mine off and it was perfect! Thank you so much!

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