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September 15, 2021

Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet (Paleo, Whole30)

This Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet is an easy weeknight dinner that is ready in just 30 minutes! Made with taco seasoned ground beef, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes to bring you all the Mexican flavors. It can be eaten as is, over cauliflower rice, or on a bed of mixed greens. Makes for great leftovers or meal prep too!

taco skillet with sweet potatoes

WHY I LOVE THIS SWEET POTATO SKILLET RECIPE:

  • It’s a tasty grain free option for all the taco lovers out there! Sweet potatoes add the perfect amount of “sweetness” to this dish. You won’t even miss the taco shells!
  • Perfect for meal prep, leftovers, and kid friendly too!
  • It’s an easy weeknight dinner that can be made in just 30 minutes!
  • This healthy dish is incredibly versatile and can be served with any of your favorite Mexican toppings or add-ins. My favorites are avocado, and white rice!
ground beef sweet potato skillet

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  • Sweet potato: You need a large sweet potato that when diced will make 2-3 cups.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ground beef
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Bell pepper
  • Diced green chiles
  • Seasonings: chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, sea salt. If you have pre-made taco seasoning available, I recommend using 4 tablespoons (or 2 taco seasoning packets) because this recipe calls for 2 pounds of ground beef.
  • Toppings: avocado, red cabbage, cilantro, jalapeños
Sweet potato taco skillet

MEXICAN SWEET POTATO SKILLET: FAQS

Can I swap ground beef for another protein?

Yes! Ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground sausage will all work for this recipe. Although, I find that ground beef is the most flavorful.

Can I meal prep this recipe?

Yes! Meal prep the recipe by waiting for the mixture to cool, and then storing it in an airtight glass container. I like to meal prep the recipe with cauliflower rice, mixed greens, plenty of avocado, and Primal Kitchen ranch dressing.

What else could I add to or serve with this sweet potato skillet?

You could try: a fried egg, black beans, cauliflower rice, white rice, salsa, mushrooms, pinto beans, refried beans, Siete hot sauce, grain-free soft tortillas, and cheese of course (if you are not dairy free).

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Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet (Paleo, Whole30)


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Sweet Potato Skillet is an easy weeknight dinner that is ready in just 30 minutes! Made with taco seasoned ground beef, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes to bring you all the Mexican flavors. It can be eaten as is, over cauliflower rice, or on a bed of mixed greens. Makes for great leftovers or meal prep too!


Ingredients

Scale

For the meat mixture:

  • 1 large sweet potato, diced into 1″ cubes, (about 23 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1– (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1– (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • sliced avocado, to garnish
  • chopped cilantro, to garnish
  • red cabbage, to garnish

For the seasoning:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss sweet potatoes with avocado oil, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Gather seasonings into a small bowl or ramekin. Heat avocado oil over medium heat in a large sized skillet. Sauté garlic and onions for 2-3 minutes, and then add the ground beef. Brown beef, breaking up chunks, until no longer pink. Add the seasonings, diced tomatoes, and diced green chiles to the meat mixture in the skillet. Simmer the mixture over low-medium heat in the skillet for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Turn burner heat off. Stir in chopped bell pepper, and cooked sweet potatoes in skillet. Serve hot and garnish with chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, sliced avocado, and chopped red cabbage.

Notes

Storage: store in an air-tight glass container for up to 5 days.

Reheat: to reheat, place in the microwave, covered, for up to 1 minute.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: healthy taco skillet, paleo taco skillet, sweet potato skillet recipe

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  1. This recipe is a go-to for me and my family! Super easy to make, yet it provides you with that authentic Tex-Mex taste.