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Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This nutritious Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet is so quick and easy to make! It's ready in 30 minutes or less and loaded with good-for-you ingredients and tons of flavor!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 294kcal
Cost $6.82


  • 1 pound (530g) sweet potatoes (~2-3 small potatoes -- See Note 1)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound (16 oz.) lean (93/7) ground turkey
  • 1 can (15 oz.; 432g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (60g) freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Optional: fresh cilantro or parsley, fresh lime. For a creamy element add a diced avocado, sour cream, or add a sauce! (See Note 2)
  • Optional: serve over cauliflower rice


  • SWEET POTATOES: Wash and scrub two or three (1 pound total) sweet potatoes. Use a fork to pierce the skin-- about 6-8 pierces. Cook on a plate in the microwave for 5 minutes. Flip and microwave for another 3-5 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and can easily be pierced by a fork in the center. The time will vary, depending on the size of the potatoes. I have tested this recipe with 5 and 6-ounce sweet potatoes; larger potatoes will take longer. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly.
  • SEASONINGS: Measure out the seasonings (1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and salt and pepper. I add 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper).
  • GROUND TURKEY: Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey, and cook until the ground turkey is mostly cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Break up and crumble the meat with a wooden spoon as you cook. Drain off any accumulated liquid if needed. Add the seasonings to the mostly cooked ground turkey and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until fully cooked through.
  • FINISHING: While ground turkey is cooking, finish the potatoes. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut off the ends and slice the potatoes in half. They should be tender enough you can easily pull the skins off and discard. Dice the sweet potatoes into small 1/2 inch pieces. Add the diced sweet potatoes to the cooked ground turkey mixture, along with the drained and rinsed black beans. Stir everything to warm through and then sprinkle with cheese.
  • SERVE: Cover the skillet and allow the cheese to melt for 3-4 minutes. (If needed, pop the skillet under the broiler for 1-2 minutes) to finish melting, while preparing any desired toppings. Serve with your choice of toppings: freshly chopped cilantro or parsley, and fresh lime wedges. Add diced avocado, sour cream, or the sauce in Note 2.


Note 1: When purchasing sweet potatoes, choose two or three of the smallest potatoes you can find. I try to find 5-6-ounce potatoes. This will ensure they fully cook in a timely manner.
Note 2: If we make this without cheese, I like to add a sauce. If you're a sauce person or want the extra creaminess, you'll love this sauce with the dish!
  • 1/2 cup Hellman's® Best mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice; 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or Sriracha® sauce
  • pinch salt and pepper


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.4g | Protein: 40.6g | Fat: 21.7g | Cholesterol: 100.5mg | Sodium: 760.4mg | Fiber: 10.7g | Sugar: 5.1g