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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 Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
3 to 4 people


  • 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
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy dinner, low-carb, paleo, whole30
Servings: 3 to 4 people
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Julia
30-Minute Sweet Potato and Ground Turkey Skillet - a lightning quick nutritious meal - paleo, whole30, healthy
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Monday 11th of March 2024

I think I chopped the sweet potato way too large. Next time I’d go for quite small chunks because my big ones have taken more than 20 minutes to cook. Just a thought for anyone else who chops big!


Wednesday 13th of March 2024

Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Kristen! The size of the sweet potato chunks will impact the cooking time, so I'm glad you brought that up! I should have mentioned it in the post :) xo


Thursday 29th of February 2024

Ps.. I also added spinach


Thursday 29th of February 2024

You forgot to mention when to put garlic. (I put at same time as onion).


Friday 1st of March 2024

Thanks so much for catching that, Raine! I do the same, so you nailed it :)


Saturday 24th of February 2024

this was a delicious and easy whole 30 meal. thank you!!


Saturday 24th of February 2024

I'm happy you enjoyed it, Linda!


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Doing an Elimination Diet during the month of January (Institute for Functional Medicine sponsored) for the purpose of getting rid of inflammation in the body. This recipe fits perfectly into that diet. Made it for dinner and added lots of fresh grated ginger and fresh cilantro. It made a delicious lunch the next day too. Served it over brown rice. Thank you for the recipe and all the tips for variations.


Tuesday 16th of January 2024

My pleasure, Brenda! I'm happy you enjoyed the recipe and that it's suitable for your elimination diet. Thanks so much for the feedback! xo

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