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30-Minute Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

A quick and easy 30-minute meal made in a skillet! This ground turkey and sweet potato skillet meal comes together lightning fast and easily for a nutritious, paleo or whole30 dinner worthy of putting on repeat.

30-Minute Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet - quick, easy, paleo, keto, whole30, healthy |

In real life, a good 70 – 90% of my meals that I don’t make for the blog come out of a skillet. No lie. This is how much I enjoy skillet meals.

Just have a look at the Salmon Stir Fry with Vegetables, Butternut Squash Ginger Chicken Stir Fry, and 30-Minute Vegetable and Ground Beef Skillet I posted recently.

The reason is threefold:

1.) Skillet meals are super versatile – you can use all sorts of in-season fresh produce, spices, sauces, and animal proteins.

2.) Meals made in a skillet usually require hardly any time at all! The majority of my meals take under 30 minutes to prepare. This is a HUGE selling point for me, because I am truly lazy in the kitchen when I’m not developing a new recipe. I get how people come home from work and don’t feel like cooking. I getchu, boo.

3.) Super low cleanup. The only tools I use for whipping up a skillet meal are a cutting board, knife, vegetable peeler, skillet, and spatula or wooden spoon. BOOM! Low-fuss, no stress, goof proof.

30-Minute Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet - quick, easy, paleo, keto, whole30, healthy |

For this skillet rendition, I simply cooked up a sweet potato, added in some ground turkey, spices, and broth.

I covered the skillet to allow everything to cook through, then stirred in some chopped cherry tomatoes and chives.

SO easy, so simple, definitely a lazy-human’s meal, but we won’t judge ourselves for eating well, will we?

My one piece of advice is keep close watch on the sweet potato.

If you over-cook it, it will turn into mush once you have added the turkey. Sweet potato mush is non-sexy. We’ve all been there, but we prefer our taters taught, know what I’m sayin’?

30-Minute Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet - quick, easy, paleo, keto, whole30, healthy |

I kept this ground turkey sweet potato skillet simple for a reason – to inspire you to get crazy with your add-ins! Here are some…

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Add other vegetables, like broccoli, zucchini, carrot, bok choy, spinach, kale, cabbage, etc.
  • Mix up the spices and dried herbs, or add fresh herbs.
  • Incorporate a sauce! Add coconut aminos (or liquid aminos), teriyaki sauce, or curry paste and coconut milk  if you’re feeling frisky.
  • Make it Low-FODMAP by omitting the onions and garlic.
  • Make it AIP by omitting the tomatoes.

Let this be your base camp to all the skillets!

And since we’re on the topic…

You can 3000% use ground beef or chicken instead of turkey.

Go forth and skillet to your heart’s desire.

My work here is done.

More Healthy Skillet Recipes:

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Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet is an easy 30-minute meal that is paleo and whole30
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 to 4 people
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Julia


  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely chopped*
  • 1 large sweet potato chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced*
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 chives chopped


  • Heat the avocado oil in a large cast iron skillet. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to sweat, about 3 minutes. Add the sweet potato, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cover, scoot potatoes to the side, add meat and seasoning. Brown on each side 2 minutes. Stir to mix sweet potato and turkey together. Add broth. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
  • Remove cover, cook 2 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and chives and cook just until everything is warm. Serve and enjoy!


*Make it Low-FODMAP by omitting the onion and garlic. You can replace them with 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar or mustard if tolerated.


Serving: 1of 3 | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g
30-Minute Sweet Potato and Ground Turkey Skillet - a lightning quick nutritious meal - paleo, whole30, healthy
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Sunday 27th of August 2023

My husband and I LOVE this recipe. We add sage, rosemary, red pepper flakes and coconut aminos. It’s SO flavorful. Thank you!


Monday 28th of August 2023

I'm so happy to hear it, Emily! Thanks so much for swinging back around to share your experience! xo

Barb Merrill

Thursday 19th of January 2023

So healthy- but very bland as written. Def needs more spices, salt, maybe cheese, sauce, etc. I also put in some kale for greens. Great starting point, though!


Thursday 19th of January 2023

Thanks so much for the feedback, Barb! Adding grated cheese and salsa would definitely ramp up the flavor :)


Sunday 28th of February 2021

When should you add the garlic? (I'm not seeing it in the recipe.) I've made this dish several times now and it's very tasty, especially with feta. Thank you!


Monday 1st of March 2021

Hi JJ!

I add it at the same time as the turkey. So happy you enjoy the dish! Feta sounds amazing...I'll try this next time I make it! xoxo


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Added black pepper and feta. Feta really makes the difference.


Monday 23rd of March 2020

Ooh, I love it! Thanks, Yolanda! xo

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