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Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground beef sweet potato skillet is an easy 30-minute dinner. It’s perfect for busy weeknights. Everything is cooked in one frying pan. You can serve on its own, with rice, or quinoa.

ground beef sweet potato skillet recipe with wooden spatula and kitchen towel beside it.

Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy ground beef dinner idea with you.

This recipe is inspired by my popular ground turkey sweet potato skillet recipe, but includes some flavor additions! From start to finish this recipe will take about 30 minutes.

Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this easy recipe:

  • Extra Lean Ground Beef – You’ll need 1 lb of ground beef for this recipe. You can also use ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • Vegetables – This recipe uses garlic, onion, sweet potato, diced tomatoes and corn.
  • Spices – To add flavor, you’ll need chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Once the skillet recipe is cooked, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. You can also use cheddar cheese, marble cheese, monterey, or jack cheese.

close up of recipe including sweet potato, corn, black beans, parsley and mozzarella cheese. All in a frying pan with a wood spoon.

How To Make Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet

From start to finish, this recipe can be on your family’s plates in under 30 minutes.

  1. Prep The Vegetables: I like to wash and prep all my vegetables first. For this recipe, you’ll need to wash, peel and chop the sweet potato into small cubes. Dice half of an onion, and mince two cloves of garlic. You’ll also need to drain and rinse the black beans and corn. And drain the diced tomatoes.
  2. Cook The Ground Beef: Add a little bit of coconut oil into a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, then cook for 1-2 minutes. Next add ground beef and break it into small pieces. Cook until it’s no longer pink. Remove the ground beef from the pan and add to a plate with paper towel.
  3. Vegetables: Add sweet potato, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans and spices to the skillet. Cover the skillet with a lid and let cook for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add The Ground Beef Back To The Pan: Stir everything together and heat 1-2 minutes. Next, add the grated mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on top. Dish up and enjoy!
Side angle of black skillet with ground beef, sweet potato, corn, beans and melted cheese.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • The entire recipe can be cooked in one frying pan. I like to use my cast iron skillet as it heats evenly and is large enough to fit everything. This recipe will also work in any frying pan or even a large pot with a lid.
  • While prepping and measuring, you’ll have leftovers from the canned black beans, onion, corn, tomatoes and sweet potato. Add those all to a freezer bag, label it, and freeze for up to 3 months. You can use this next time you make this recipe!
  • Are you using a frying pan and don’t have a lid that will fit? Try using a baking sheet or aluminum foil to cover the frying pan instead!
Close up of ground beef sweet potato skillet with melted mozzarella cheese.

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Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground beef sweet potato skillet is an easy 30-minute dinner. It’s perfect for busy weeknights. Everything is cooked in one frying pan. You can serve on its own, with rice, or quinoa.
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 237kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • ½ yellow onion - diced
  • ½ Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups sweet potato - peeled and chopped small
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes - drained
  • 1 cup corn - canned or frozen
  • 1 cup canned black beans - drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Heat a frying pan with a bit of cooking oil. Add in the minced garlic and chopped onion. Cook until the onion turns translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef along with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix together and cook until the ground beef is no longer pink.
  • Pour the ground beef onto a plate lined with paper towel. Drain any excess grease from the frying pan.
  • Add the chopped sweet potato, diced tomato, corn and beans to the frying pan. Season with ½ tsp chili powder, plus salt and pepper.
    Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes or until sweet potato is soft when poked with a fork. Stir occassionally.
    Tip: don't have a lid that will fit? Try using a baking sheet or aluminum foil to cover the frying pan.
  • Once the sweet potato is soft, add the ground beef back to the frying pan and mix everything together.
  • Sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese on top, serve and enjoy!
  • TIP: While prepping and measuring, you'll have leftovers from the canned black beans, onion, corn, tomatoes and sweet potato. Add those all to a freezer bag, label it, and freeze for up to 3 months. You can use this next time you make this recipe!

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Nutrition
Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.

If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.

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