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Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

A Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet mixes together ground turkey with red onion and rich spices, along with sweet potato chunks, diced tomatoes, red bell pepper, corn, black beans, diced green chilis and is topped with a mixture of sharp cheddar, pepper jack and mozzarella cheese. The turkey skillet is baked until the cheese is warm and bubbly, and topped with green onion, fresh cilantro, avocado and red onion. Serve this on its own, alongside brown rice or with chips for scooping up that delicious cheesy turkey mixture. 

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

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CHEESY GROUND TURKEY SWEET POTATO SKILLET

In my house we are always looking for easy meals that are also filling and packed with protein. 

The American Dairy Association Mideast and I are partnering today to bring you this Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet that checks all of those boxes and more!

It is a Southwest inspired turkey skillet that mixes together ground turkey, red onion and red bell pepper, corn, black beans,  sweet potato and diced chilis, then is topped with a blend of sharp cheddar, pepper jack and mozzarella cheese.

The turkey sweet potato skillet is cooked on the stove but then finished off in the oven to get that warm, bubbly cheese on top that we all love. 

Garnishes are always my favorite way to take a meal to the next level. I added diced red onion, diced avocado, fresh cilantro and green onion, but feel free to add your favorites. 

This dish can be served on its own or you can serve it with brown rice, quinoa or with chips to scoop up that delicious cheesy turkey mixture. 

If you are looking for other cheesy dishes that make perfect weeknight meals, try this Baked Mac and Cheese with Bread Crumbs, Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup, Three Cheese Beef Enchiladas, or this Instant Pot Vegetable Mac and Cheese.

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Speaking of cheese, we are cheese lovers in my house! 

The amount of dairy foods you need each day depends on your age.

For those 9 years or older, USDA recommends eating three daily servings of low fat or fat free milk, cheese and yogurt every day to meet dairy food group recommendations, close key nutrient gaps and contribute to nutritious and healthy eating patterns.

This Cheesy Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet would be a great way to add dairy into your weekly menu. 

Dairy foods also provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain stronger bodies and minds. I know as my kids grow and are active playing sports, I need to continue to incorporate dairy into their daily meals.

The protein in dairy – whey and casein – keeps you feeling full longer, provides energy to fuel your day and helps muscles recover.

Healthy eating patterns that include dairy foods are linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as improved bone health, especially in young people. 

Cheese can help fill the protein gap. Mozzarella is one cheese, in addition to others like Swiss, cottage, ricotta and cheddar, that is high in protein. Cheeses like these contribute high-quality protein as well as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A to the American diet.

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED 

GROUND TURKEY: I used ground turkey in this skillet. I like how light and lean the turkey is mixed with the other ingredients. 

VEGETABLES: This southwest skillet is loaded with vegetables. I added in sweet potato, red bell pepper, red onion, corn and diced tomatoes. 

BEANS: I like using black beans in this dish.

I always drain my beans before adding them into the skillet, so there isn’t too much extra liquid. 

SPICES: The spices added in are a mixture of chili powder, paprika and cumin.

These work nicely together and create a warm, rich flavor. 

CHEESE: A mixture of shredded cheese is added to the turkey skillet and then baked until warm and bubbly.

I used a blend of sharp cheddar, pepper jack and mozzarella cheese.

GARNISHES: The finishing touches to this recipe are the garnishes.

I added diced red onion, diced avocado, fresh cilantro and green onion. 

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

RECIPE VARIATIONS

BEANS: There are a lot of beans that work well in this dish.

Try white beans, red beans, kidney beans or pinto beans. 

CHEESE: Almost any cheese works well in this recipe.

You can find a Mexican blend of cheese at the store and use that, or try cotija cheese.

VEGETABLES: Vegetables make such a nice addition to this skillet. Try zucchini, spinach, squash or carrots. 

SPICES: Other spices that would be nice would be coriander, a touch of cinnamon, smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder. 

MEAT: You could swap the ground turkey for ground beef {make sure to drain the fat after cooking}, ground chicken or sausage. 

SAUCE: Swap out the enchilada sauce for red or green salsa, or you can just replace the enchilada sauce with chicken or vegetable broth. 

SPICE: Spice this dish up with diced jalapeños, hot sauce or cayenne red pepper. 
 
Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

HOW TO MAKE A TURKEY SKILLET

COOK THE GROUND TURKEY: Heat olive oil in a large oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the red onion and continue to sauté.

Add in the ground turkey and continue to cook until the turkey is browned. Add in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and stir well.

SIMMER THE SKILLET: Add in the green chilis, black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet potato and enchilada sauce. Mix well, cover and simmer on medium-low for 15- 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender stirring 2 or 3 times throughout cooking.

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

BAKE IN THE OVEN: Once the sweet potato is tender, remove from the heat. Sprinkle cheese over the ground turkey mixture and bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

GARNISH THE SKILLET: Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh cilantro, red onion, green onion and avocado. Serve on its own, over brown rice or with chips.

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato with avocado.

OTHER EASY CHEESY DINNER IDEAS:

SKILLET PIE RECIPE

SKILLET BEEF LASAGNA 

SAUSAGE AND BEAN CASSEROLE

BEEF ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN CASSEROLE

MEXICAN PIZZA 

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Cheesy Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet mixes together ground turkey with red onion and rich spices along with sweet potato chunks, diced tomatoes, red bell pepper, corn, black beans, diced green chilis and is topped with a mixture of sharp cheddar, pepper jack and mozzarella cheese. The turkey skillet is baked until the cheese is warm and bubbly, and topped with green onion, fresh cilantro, avocado and red onion.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 - 4 oz. can of diced green chilis
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce {or you can use chicken or vegetable broth}
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Red onion for garnish
  • Green onion for garnish
  • Avocado for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add the red onion and continue to sauté.
  3. Add in the ground turkey and continue to cook until the turkey is browned. Add in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and stir well.
  4. Add in the green chilis, black beans, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet potato and enchilada sauce. Mix well, cover and simmer on medium-low for 15- 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender stirring 2 or 3 times throughout cooking.
  5. Once the sweet potato is tender remove from the heat. Sprinkle cheese over the ground turkey mixture and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh cilantro, red onion, green onion and avocado. Serve on its own, over brown rice or with chips.
  7. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

To reheat: You can reheat in the oven at 300 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. You can also heat in the microwave for about 3 minutes, stirring a couple of times throughout cooking.

If you find the turkey becomes a bit dry after being in the fridge add some salsa to help give it some flavor.

Today’s post is sponsored by ADA Mideast.  As always all opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to create new and exciting recipes. 

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