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Wondering what to make tonight? Quickly throw together this hearty one pot meal of turkey and potatoes! Serve over roasted veggies, traditional rice, or cauliflower rice for a healthy and satisfying dinner.

This Ground Turkey & Potato Skillet was loosely inspired by a classic picadillo. It has very different flavors – a picadillo includes olives and raisins. That’s not going to fly with my children. Or my husband, if I’m being honest. But I wanted to take that general idea and make it family friendly with very simple ingredients. We all need hobbies and that’s mine.

This meal is an accurate reflection of my favorite kind of meal to make at home. It may not be the prettiest, but it’s tasty. The addition of potatoes keeps it hearty. And it’s just so easy! This is exactly the sort of comfort food I need in my life right now. How about you?

To create this meal, you’ll start by seasoning and browning the ground turkey. Set aside. (Of course you can easily use a lean ground beef if that’s what you have on hand or prefer.)

Then the potatoes go in the pan to get a little color. Now incorporate the turkey, garlic, tomato sauce, water, and more seasonings. Reduce the heat, cover, and let it all simmer until your potatoes are tender.

It’s next to impossible to screw this up. It’s just that easy!

What potatoes are best to use?

I prefer yellow or gold potatoes. But russet, sweet, or red would all work beautifully too!

How to serve this skillet meal?

Oh there are so many ways to serve up this easy meal. You can clearly enjoy it as is and it’s just perfect. Flavorful. Healthy. Satiating thanks to those potatoes.

But perhaps you want to add something to stretch this dish a bit further? I know I always like something green on our plates! Pile this delicious combo of turkey and potatoes over roasted veggies like my Spicy Roasted Broccoli or Easy Roasted Broccoli (if you don’t like heat). That will give you an added boost of vegetables! This is also crazy delicious over traditional or cauliflower rice!

Other veggies that work beautifully either layered under or just served beside this skillet meal are Garlic Green Beans, Simple Sautéed Cabbage, or Roasted Green Beans with Almonds.

Want to add a salad to your meal? My Blueberry Citrus Salad or my Berry Avocado Salad have a hint of sweetness which will balance out the strong flavor of this popular dish!

No matter how you choose to serve this, you’re going to love it. This recipe earns rave reviews on Instagram for good reason!

4.84 from 117 votes

Ground Turkey & Potato Skillet

By Christina
Wondering what to make tonight? Quickly throw together this hearty one pot meal of turkey and potatoes! Serve over roasted veggies, traditional rice, or cauliflower rice for a healthy and satisfying dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people


Ground Turkey

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey, I use 93/7. You can use ground beef if you prefer.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano


  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 4 cups diced potatoes, Dice small to ensure they cook quickly.
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
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  • Add your ground turkey (or beef) to a skillet on the stovetop. Use your spatula to crumble the meat. Cook on medium high, stirring occasionally, until browned. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and oregano. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add the oil to the skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the diced potatoes. Sauté on medium high heat, stirring occasionally until sides of potatoes have browned. This can take 5 to 10 minutes depending on your stove and the size of your potatoes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add your cooked ground turkey, tomato sauce, water, minced garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, and onion powder to the skillet with potatoes. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  • Taste and add more salt or pepper if desired.
  • Serve over roasted vegetables (I recommend my Spicy Roasted Broccoli or Easy Roasted Broccoli), traditional rice, or cauliflower rice.


Calories: 437kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 1269mg, Potassium: 1425mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 402IU, Vitamin C: 51mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kathryn says:

    My husband and I love this recipe. We either use ground beef or sugar free ground Italian sausage in place of the ground turkey and serve over zucchini noodles. It’s become a favorite for us.

  2. K C says:

    Winner, winner turkey dinner!  I wasn’t expecting much from this super-simple recipe but the other reviews convinced me. So, I decided to leave a comment also.  This is SO easy, SO tasty and SO quick.  I served it with some avocado slices and it’s a total hit.  It’s also a great base recipe to tweak and play around with.  Thanks!  I’ll definitely use this recipe again. 

    1. Christina says:

      Love this whole comment! Thank you so much!!

  3. Shelley says:

    Delicious, for lack of ingredients substituted cumin for chili powder, and cilantro for parsley, 1/2 the tomato sauce due to acid sensitivity. Loved this simple and tasty recipe, and tomatoes cooked perfectly. Making again soon!

    Thank you 😊

    1. Shelley says:

      ***potatoes (not tomatoes) 

    2. Christina says:

      So great to hear! Thank you, Shelley!

  4. Shellie says:

    So…I am giving it five stars because I think the recipe itself is great and it will be a good meal in the future, but I would dock one or two stars for the meal I consumed, using the “traditional rice” option that was one of the recommendations of what to serve it over. I had a migraine when I made this so all I was looking for was “is this easy?” and “do I have all the necessary ingredients?” – the answer to this was yes, because I did have some leftover rice ready to go. I put zero thought, until I started eating it, into that reality that potatoes and rice is kind of a weird combination.

    I do see how this would be amazing over broccoli, or a veggie medley, and look forward to making this again in the future – but I do not recommend this with rice.

  5. Justly says:

    This ground turkey and potato skillet recipe is too good! Tried it last night and it’s become an instant family favorite. Thanks for sharing!