Meat and Potato Skillet

This Meat and Potato Skillet recipe is a hearty and flavorful one-pan dish that will please the whole family. It is easy to make, budget-friendly and can be ready in 30 minutes which makes it perfect for busy weeknight dinners or weekend lunch. 

How to make Meat and Potato Skillet

The dish begins by cooking the potatoes into the skillet. I like to use a combination of regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. Feel free to use only one type of potatoes if that is what you have on hand. Cook the potato cubes until tender and transfer to a medium bowl. It is best to use a non-stick skillet if possible.

 Now it’s time for browning the ground pork and beef in the skillet, adding in diced onions and garlic for added flavor. To add complexity to the dish, add a mixture of seasonings such as smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder and thyme. At this point I like to add tomato paste which brings an amazing flavor to the whole dish. Stir it in and add the cooked potatoes back into the skillet.  Top with grated cheese and broil for 3 -4 minutes or until cheese is melted.  You can garnish the dish with fresh herbs and crispy bacon.

The sweetness of the sweet potatoes pairs perfectly with the savory beef and pork mixture, and the potatoes add a nice texture to the dish.

Serve this dish with fresh salad and crusty bread for a filling and satisfying meal. It’s a great way to incorporate some vegetables in your diet. 

You can always adjust this recipe by adding your own favorite vegetables such as bell peppers, mushrooms, or even zucchini, and also you can switch up the meat and make it with turkey or chicken. 

Hope you will try this comforting Meat and Potato Skillet as I am sure it will soon become a family favorite dish in your recipe rotation. Tag me on Instagram if you do and enjoy!

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Meat and Potato Skillet

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This Meat and Potato Skillet recipe is a hearty and flavorful one-pan dish that will please the whole family. It is easy to make, budget-friendly and can be ready in 30 minutes which makes it perfect for busy weeknight dinners or weekend lunch. 
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Potatoes

  • 2 tbsp (30g) vegetable oil
  • 1 pound (450g) red potatoes , cut into cubes
  • 1 large (14 oz- 400g) sweet potato , cut into cubes
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water

For the Meat

  • 1 (5 oz- 150g) medium onion , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ⅓ pound (600g) lean ground beef and pork
  • 1 tbsp (7g) smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp (3g) chili powder
  • 2 tsp (7g) ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp (3g) thyme
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • 1/3 cup (70g) tomato paste

For Topping

  • 1 cup (100g) Cheddar cheese
  • fresh herbs


Prepare the potatoes.

  • In a 9-10 inch (23-25) frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Place the potato cubes into the skillet, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add some salt, pepper and water.
  • Cover and simmer until the water is evaporated. Remove the lid and continue cooking while stirring constantly, until the potatoes are tender. Transfer the potatoes to a medium bowl.

Prepare the meat filling.

  • In the same skillet, add about 1 tbsp of oil, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the ground meat, and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. Crumble the meat while cooking.
  • Add paprika, cumin, chili powder, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add tomato paste and stir again to combine.
  • Transfer the potatoes back into the skillet, and stir to combine with the cooked meat.
  • Spread the grated cheese on top. Transfer to oven and broil for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!



Calories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 32.8gProtein: 36.6gFat: 16.3gSaturated Fat: 6.4gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 536mgPotassium: 1309mgFiber: 5.5gSugar: 7.9gCalcium: 170mgIron: 15mg
Calories: 421kcal
Course: Brunch, dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meat, potato, potato skillet

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  1. This Meat and Potato Skillet looks delicious! I love that it is budget-friendly and relatively easy to make. Do you have any other ideas for customizing the dish with different vegetables or meats?

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You can use any other ground meat like turkey or chicken, and various vegetables like red peppers or mushrooms. Hope you will try it out.

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