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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. Monica says:

    This was excellent! My entire family loved it. 

  2. Dee says:

    I absolutely love this dish and I made a second time last night for a Friendsgiving tonight. Due to time constraints, I used frozen diced potatoes (I do not recommend lol) and as a result it has turned out a bit mushy 🙁 Can you please suggest what I can possibly do to “fix” it?  Also, I have it in a disposable aluminum pan in the fridge, so what temperature would you suggest I use to reheat it and for how long?  I made it for a serving of 8-10.

  3. Zaina P says:

    This was pleasantly better than I expected! My whole fam liked it served it with some basmati rice and some air fryer crispy broccoli

     This will be my second time making it now!

  4. George says:

    Made this and used diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce! Thank you for this recipe!!!!!

  5. Victoria says:

    I had put more seasons to then they told me to do but all that it was good you have more seasons because it was blend add creole seasons and all season to it

  6. Diana says:

    Amazing recipe! All three of my kids said it’s their new favorite recipe 🙂 After reading the reviews, I only added half a teaspoon of salt and didn’t add any salt to the potatoes and it was salty enough. I used Raos sauce and served it with steamed broccoli. Delicious!!! Thank you for this great recipe. 

  7. Chris says:

    What is the serving size?

    1. Christina says:

      Hi Chris! This serves four so one-fourth of the entire skillet is a single serving.

  8. Paula C says:

    Delicious!!  I made the spicy broccoli to go with it and the whole meal was so so good!  Thank you for sharing your recipes!!!

  9. Ecstasy says:

    I am a fan of ground meat and this turkey recipe was easy for me to emulate. Served with potatoes, I enjoyed this dish thoroughly so did my little ones.

  10. Cindy Franke says:

    Great easy recipe. We’re serving over steamed cauliflower.