Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This recipe checks all of the boxes: great, healthy ingredients, filling, and easy and quick to make. A friend gave me this recipe from Life Love Liz and it’s definitely one of our favorites. Now that warmer weather is headed our way, this is a great weeknight meal. We love our leftovers, so I sometimes double the amount of ground turkey in this recipe. Adjust the ingredients according to your family’s needs and tastes-it’s totally customizable!


  • 3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (or whatever color you prefer)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute and then add 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.