Southwestern sweet potato and ground beef skillet is loaded with fresh veggies and topped with cheese and avocado. A healthy, easy, and insanely delicious dinner that your whole family will love. Ready in 30 minutes!
Southwestern Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Skillet
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Hi, Eazy Peazy friends! Abra here from Abra’s kitchen popping in to share with you one of my all-time favorite quick and easy dinner recipes, Southwestern Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Skillet. Yum!
I have been majorly into the skillet dinner trend, it’s the perfect way to get a healthy dinner on the table in no time flat, with super easy cleanup. This Southwestern Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Skillet is sure to please your entire family and is ready to rock and roll in just under 30 minutes. I am also in love with this Easy Mexican Rice Skillet and this Zucchini and Grass Fed Beef Skillet.
Sweet potatoes, ground beef, bell peppers, garlic, onion and southwestern spices all perfectly sautéed together in one, easy to cleanup skillet. Topped with cheddar cheese, creamy avocado and freshly diced tomato this skillet dinner serves 6, but I wouldn’t have a hard time knocking out the entire thing in one sitting. Just kidding, that would be crazy, I would save some for lunch the next day 🙂
Southwestern Skillet Tips
- The sweet potatoes are steamed in the skillet to reduce cook time.
- A fun way to serve this southwestern sweet potato skillet is with a dipping tool, like an organic tortilla chip! Dip right into the sweet potato, cheese, and avocado goodness.
- You could easily add, take out, or replace any of the vegetables in this skillet dinner. I’ve made it with zucchini and yellow squash, or Brussels sprouts would be delicious too!
- This is the perfect example of my “mostly plants” food philosophy. Yes, this dish has ground beef but only 1 lb. and it serves 6, with a ton of plant-based (read: veggies) goodness to boot.
- For a vegetarian version, you could easily swap black beans for the ground beef.
- Fun health tip: Cooking in a cast iron skillet actually increases iron levels in the food. The iron from the pan leaches into the food and that’s a good thing! Especially if you are anemic or trying to increase iron content in your diet.
Do you love sweet potatoes as much as me? Try these sweet potato
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- Easy Mexican Rice Skillet
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- Caramel Crunch Brownie Skillet
Southwestern Sweet Potato and Beef Skillet
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 Tbs chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2.5 cups sweet potato-skin on diced (approx: 2 medium)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup onion diced (1 medium)
- 1 cup red bell pepper diced
- 3 garlic cloves chopped
- 6 ounces baby spinach
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup diced fresh tomato You can use a vegetable chopper to get your veggies cut up faster.
- 1 avocado sliced
- Brown ground beef in a large cast iron skillet. Add 1 Tbs chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir well to coat the beef with all of the spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until well browned.
- Remove beef from the skillet and reserve. Wipe out pan, remove all residual fat.
- Add sweet potato to skillet with 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until the sweet potato is tender and the water absorbed.
- Remove cover and add onion, bell pepper and garlic to the skillet and all remaining spices. Pour in additional 1/4 cup of water and stir well. Cook until onion is tender 5-7 more minutes. If mixture begins to stick add additional water 1/4 cup at a time and cook until completely evaporated. Add beef back to the skillet and stir well. Add spinach to the skillet, cover for 2-3 minutes or until spinach has wilted.
- Remove skillet from heat and top with shredded cheese, freshly diced tomato, and diced avocado.
- Serve immediately.
You could easily swap black beans for the ground beef for a vegetarian version
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