Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Southwest Skillet

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If you are looking for a quick and delicious weeknight meal, try this Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Skillet. It’s full of southwest flavor you will love. Ready in 30 minutes!

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Why Make This Ground Beef And Sweet Potato Skillet

This is a hearty and wholesome one-pan meal that combines the rich flavors of ground beef and the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes. Also consider my Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for another easy, yummy dinner,

Not only is this skillet easy to make but also satisfies your taste buds and leaves you feeling satisfied. This dish is perfect for busy weeknight dinners or cozy weekend meals. So, let’s dive right into the details of this delightful recipe!

Also try my Chicken and Orzo One Pan dinner or Sheet Pan Honey Butter Chicken if you are looking for more easy one dish recipes.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients on a counter in small bowls and on plates.

Ground Beef. Lean ground beef is the base of this recipe. I use 90 – 93% lean.

Beef Broth. Use a high quality beef broth with low sodium. This is used to cook down the potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes. You can use yams or even white/ Japanese sweet potatoes as well for a nice sweetness.

Chipotle Peppers In Adobo. These are in a can in the international aisle they add a smoky/spiced flavor to the dish and to the crema. Please note: you can add the leftover chipotle peppers in adobo to a small ziplok and freeze for another recipe!

Seasoning. Salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin.

Canned Tomatoes. Use diced tomatoes of any variety. I go for classic Italian or the ones that have jalapeño in them as well.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below. 

Recipe Variations

Ground Beef. You can use 90 or 93%. If you use 80%, soak up all the grease after cooking. Ground turkey, chicken or ground venison will work perfect as well if you want to make it healthier.

Beef Broth. Use any broth (chicken or veggies) if needed.

Sweet Potatoes. You can use Yukon or russet potatoes as well, just be mindful to adjust the liquid as needed since they all have a different starch.

Chipotle Peppers. You can use chipotle powder in place of the peppers if needed.

Honey is used to balance the crema. You can also use maple syrup.

Sour Cream. This is the base of the crema. Use plain greek yogurt if needed.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Black cast iron pan with beef and veggies in it showing steps to make this recipe.

Step One. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the ground beef and diced onion and crumble the beef with a wooden spoon. Add in half of the seasoning mix. When the beef is browned, add in the garlic and cook for one minute minute (photo two). Pour the meat out onto a plate or bowl.

Step Two. Add the diced sweet potatoes, bell peppers, canned tomatoes and the other half of the seasonings. Stir everything together and cover it with a lid. Lower the heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender to your liking (photo 3).

Step Three. While the potatoes are cooking, make the crema. Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, additionally you can use an immersion blender. Set aside.

Step Four. Add the ground beef mix into the sweet potato mix and stir everything together, let the beef heat up a bit. Top with cheese and jalapeño and cover with the lid again for another minute or until the cheese is melted. Drizzle the crema over the top. Option to garnish with cilantro. Serve on plates and enjoy!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.

Sweet potatoes and beef on a ceramic plate with a fork.

Recipe FAQs

Can I prepare this sweet potatoes and ground beef in advance for meal prep?

Yes! Sweet potato and ground beef is a great meal prepped meal. You can cook and portion them in advance, then reheat servings as needed throughout the week for convenient and nutritious meals.

What other veggies can I add?

You can add corn, black beans or mushrooms in addition to the red bell pepper. Just add these extra veggies when you add the bell peppers.

Recipe Tips

Make sure you cover the sweet potatoes! They cook up in the steam and liquid from the canned tomatoes. The lid holds all the moisture in and cooks them.

Garnish creatively. Consider garnishing your sweet potato and ground beef skillet with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt (if you aren’t doing the delicious crema) and a squeeze of lime!

Recipe Pairings

This recipe is wonderful on it’s own and covers the food groups well but you can also pair it with Red Pepper Kale Salad or Southwest Salad.

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Cast iron skillet with beef and sweet potatoes and veggies. Melted cheese and avocado on top.
5 from 7 votes

Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

A quick and delicious weeknight meal! Try this Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Skillet. Full of southwest flavor and ready in 30 minutes! 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • heavy bottomed skillet
  • sharp knives

Ingredients 

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, *see notes
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp salt , more as needed
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes, *see notes
  • cup beef broth
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into slices for garnish

Chipotle Creama

  • Tbsp chipotle pepper in adobo
  • ½ cup sour cream , *see notes
  • ¼ tsp salt , more as needed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the ground beef and diced onion and crumble the beef with a wooden spoon. Add in half of the seasoning mix. When the beef is browned, add in the garlic and cook for one minute minute. Pour the meat out onto a plate or bowl. 
  • Add the diced sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, canned tomatoes, chipotle, broth and the other half of the seasonings. Stir everything together and cover it with a lid. Lower the heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender to your liking
  • While the potatoes are cooking, make the crema. Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, additionally you can use an immersion blender. Set aside.
  • Add the ground beef mix into the sweet potato mix and stir everything together, let the beef heat up a bit. Top with cheese and jalapeño and cover with the lid again for another minute or until the cheese is melted. Drizzle the crema over the top. Option to garnish with cilantro. Serve on plates and enjoy!

Notes

*ground venison or turkey will work.
*any diced canned tomato variety will work, rotel or fire roasted and so on. 
*plain greek yogurt will also work well. 
Please note: you can add the leftover chipotle peppers in adobo to a small ziplock and freeze for another recipe! 
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 819mg | Potassium: 1025mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 11147IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 374
Keyword: 30 minute
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was an excellent meal very easy to make and we really enjoyed the Crema on top.

  2. 5 stars
    Great healthy way to get protein and calories after a hard workout. I highly recommend. Tons of flavor and so satisfying.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! This skillet is quick, easy and so full of flavor! I used pepper jack for the cheese and it was perfect. I will be adding it to our weekly rotation.

    1. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this one! Thanks for letting me know, Happy Cooking!

  4. 5 stars
    What an easy meal with tremendous flavor. I followed the entire recipe and it came out wonderful.

    1. Thank you greatly for the feedback! I appreciate it.

  5. This was delicious but in what world is this taking anyone 10 minutes to prep!

    1. Hi Kaitlin! I move pretty quick in the kitchen, I better update the prep time and keep that in mind for future. LOL So happy you enjoyed.