The Best Sauteed Ground Turkey and Vegetable Skillet

The Best Sauteed Ground Turkey and Vegetable Skillet

This ground turkey skillet recipe is chock full of lean protein and healthy vegetables. It has a lot of flavor and is perfect for busy weeknights. Your entire family will love it.

A skillet of sauteed ground turkey and vegetables

I’m always on the lookout for a healthy ground turkey dinner idea that I can fix quickly at the end of the day. 

Similar to my ground turkey and sweet potato hash, this recipe incorporates a lot more healthy vegetables and a bit of heat. 

With a little prep work, this recipe can be on the table in 30 minutes. 

I always have plenty of fresh vegetables on hand for quick meals. 

This recipe is easy to adjust depending on what vegetables you have available in your refrigerator. 

How to make this sauteed ground turkey skillet recipe

Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat.

Sauté the raw ground turkey meat in the pan breaking up the meat and flipping to cook all sides, about 5 minutes.

Once the meat has browned, add in the vegetables and stir to soften, about 3-4 minutes.

Cover the pan with a lid to allow the sweet potatoes to soften.

Once softened, remove the lid and stir in the chopped fresh spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes.

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top of the mixture and cover again with the lid.

Once the cheese has melted, remove the lid and serve.

A dinner plate of sauteed turkey and vegetables next to a skillet

Ingredient substitutions 

Ground chicken or lean ground beef. Choose lean proteins that are lower in fat. If using ground beef, drain the fat that accumulates during browning.

Shaved brussel sprouts, broccoli, green beans.

Most vegetables are interchangeable and you can swap out just about anything including kale, corn, butternut squash, tomatoes and green onions.

Make sure you chop potatoes into small enough pieces that they cook quickly. 

Beans. Black beans are delicious with sweet potatoes. Even garbanzo, pinto or lima beans are delicious and fiber filling.

Spices. Use a taco seasoning to create a Mexican skillet and use herbs like cumin, chili powder and garlic powder.

Fresh herbs like cilantro turn this dish into a favorite on taco Tuesdays. 

Rice. This ground turkey skillet would be delicious served over brown rice, white rice or even cauliflower rice. 

It’s amazing what you can do with a pound of ground turkey. 

What is the best way to brown ground turkey

Sauté the raw turkey in a skillet with a bit of olive or avocado oil.

Once the meat has taken on a grayish white color, it’s done.

The turkey should be completely cooked once it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees using a meat thermometer.

A skillet pan containing raw ground turkey and raw vegetables

How do you add flavor to ground turkey

Ground turkey does not have to be bland or dry.

The secret to delicious tasting ground turkey or chicken is flavorings, seasonings and moist vegetables.

I love to add juicy zucchini or squash to turkey burgers and succulent mushrooms to meatloaf.

Use seasonings with heat and punch to flavor the meat, like taco, jerk and Italian seasonings.

Even salt and pepper go a long way.

Other favorite ground turkey recipes

Lettuce wraps. Seasoned with hoisin sauce, fresh ginger and soy sauce, This tasty appetizer is an easy dinner idea using ground turkey. 

Meatloaf. Made with lean ground turkey shredded zucchini and mushrooms, This meatloaf is juicy and delicious. 

Turkey burgers. Loaded with shredded zucchini and squash these burgers are full of flavor and juicy. Use ground turkey or chicken. 

Stuffed zucchini. Fill zucchini with ground turkey, tomatoes and Panko breadcrumbs and top with melted cheese. 



A skillet of sauteed ground turkey and vegetables

The Best Sauteed Ground Turkey and Vegetable Skillet

Ali Randall
This ground turkey skillet recipe is chock full of lean protein and healthy vegetables. It has a lot of flavor and is perfect for busy weeknights.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup red bell peppers chopped
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt


  • Heat a large skillet on the stove top on medium high heat.
  • Add the olive oil to the pan. Next, add the ground turkey meat.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes using a wooden spoon to break up the raw meat.
  • Sprinkle a little salt over the ground meat and add in the red pepper flakes.
  • Move the cooked turkey to one side of the hot pan and add in the vegetables.
  • Stir in the chopped onions, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, zucchini and garlic.
    A skillet of cooked ingredients
  • Allow the vegetables to sauté 2–3 minutes.
  • Cover the skillet for 3 to 5 minutes to allow the sweet potatoes an opportunity to soften.
    A skillet on a stove with a lid over top
  • Remove the cover, add the chopped spinach over the cooked turkey and stir until the spinach wilts.
    A skillet of spinach over a mixture of vegetable and cooked turkey
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the dish and cover allowing the cheese to melt.
  • Once the cheese has melted, remove the cover and serve.
    A cooked pan of cheesy skillet turkey and vegetables
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container.
Keyword Sauteed Ground Turkey

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