Sweet Potatoes and Ground Beef


As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently exploring the paleo side of cooking for most of my meals.  I find my body to be happier when I eat this way.  Of course I still enjoy all foods, but I have a much bigger ‘treat meal’ category than I ever did before.  There are numerous blogs about how the 80/20 paleo diet doesn’t work, or why people who only eat partial paleo diets don’t have as much success, and blah blah blah blah is what I say to all of that.  I do what works for me.  I have goals and I’m on a path to reaching them.  I’m learning to prioritize what matters most to me.  And who knows maybe in six months I’ll go full paleo.  Or maybe I’ll start eating more gluten again.  Both are doubtful but stranger things have happened.


This meal is pretty basic.  And we all know I’m into basic cooking these days.  This particular one is not all about the zing but more about comfort and feeling grounded.  Minimal ingredients thrown together to make something tasty and satiating.  And yes satisfying too.

Sweet Potatoes and Ground Beef

Yield: 2 servings

Sweet Potatoes and Ground Beef

A warming dish of sweet potatoes and ground beef.


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped/pressed
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-1" cubes
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato, I used baby san marzano
  • s&p


  1. In a large skillet heat up a tablespoon of olive oil over medium low heat. Add the onion and cook 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the ground beef, cumin, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. Season generously with s&p and break up beef with a wooden spoon. Cook until browned another 5 minutes or so. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and turn the heat down to low. Add garlic and just stir into the olive oil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook ~8 minutes until they start to soften. If needed add a tablespoon or two of water.
  4. Add the tomatoes and kale. Season with s&p. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add half the beef into the sweet potatoes and warm through.


Save the other half of the beef for another meal. Suggestions for the leftover ground beef: beef and eggs for breakfast, taco salad for lunch, or stir fry with beef for dinner.


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