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Ground turkey and sweet potato skillet with melted cheese in a large cast iron. It is topped with sliced avocado, jalapeño, and fresh herbs. The skillet is sitting on a kitchen towel and around it is half an avocado, bowl of lime wedges, and fresh cilantro.
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Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This easy ground turkey sweet potato skillet combines turkey, sweet potato, veggies, and cheese to make a delicious dish packed with protein, carbs, and fiber. Made in one pan and something the whole family will love. Gluten-free, high protein, and easily made dairy-free without the cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ground turkey skillet, ground turkey sweet potato skillet, turkey sweet potato skillet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 418kcal
Author Kelly


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (I used 99% lean)
  • 6 cups diced sweet potatoes (24 ounces/about 2-3 small-medium)
  • 1 cup died onion (120 grams)
  • 2 heaping cups diced bell peppers (275 grams/2 medium)
  • 3 cups packed chopped kale (90 grams)
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese (2 ounces)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cook your turkey. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan (it needs to be large - I used 12 inches) over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, and let it get hot. Add ground turkey, breaking it up with a spatula or meat chopper. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes until browned on the outside and cooked through.
  • Cook your veggies. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to your pan. Then add sweet potatoes, onions, and salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Add about 2 tablespoons water, cover with a lid, and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If needed, you can add a little more water halfway through to help them cook. Next, add the peppers, mix to combine, cover again, and cook for another 5 minutes. Then add your kale, a little more salt and pepper, and let it cook for another 1-2 minutes. All the veggies should be tender at this point.
  • Bring it all together. Turn down heat to low and add your ground turkey (with the juices) and the spices to the pan and stir well to combine. Finally, top with shredded cheese to cover the turkey mixture and let melt, for about 1-2 minutes. If needed, you can cover the pan with a lid.
  • Top with optional toppings and enjoy!


Serving: 325grams cooked | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.3g | Cholesterol: 13.4mg | Potassium: 1281mg | Fiber: 22.1g | Sugar: 11.8g | Vitamin A: 28153IU | Vitamin C: 115mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 2.7mg