Ground beef and sweet potato hash can be served as a main dish or as a hearty side. Add a runny egg on top for breakfast or with a green veggie and crusty bread for dinner. Eat it however you like, just don’t skip this one.
Everything you need to know to make Easy Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash
- Recipe Notes
- About the Ingredients
- How to Make Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash
- How to Serve Sweet Potato Hash
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Get the Recipe
- Similar Recipes You Might Want to Try
Casandra’s Recipe Notes
I love this Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash recipe because it’s a perfect recipe for any time of day. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this hash is healthy and quick to make.
With only 6 ingredients (including the salt and pepper!) and one dish, Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash really has all of the makings of a simple family meal. It’s hearty and comforting without being heavy. There’s no sauces or cheese; it’s gluten and dairy free; and the whole family will love it.
The key to great hash of any kind is the texture. Hash should have just a little bit of crispy texture. I don’t mean crunch. Just that dark brown edge on the meat and potatoes that say “not only am I not soggy but I’ve been cooked to perfection.” Do you know what I mean? Does your food not talk to you too?
The easiest way to get the crispy edge on your food is to use a heavy bottom enamle or cast iron pan. My go to pans for this are Le Creuset. They aren’t cheap but they are worth every penny. These pans hold heat better than typical pans and that extra heat is where the perfect sear hails from.
Not to worry though if you don’t have a heavy bottom pan! You can still make delicious Ground Beef and sweet Potato Hash. Just crank your heat a little on the high side and watch your pan closely so nothing burns. Your hash will still turn out perfect.
About the Ingredients
Ground beef – Because the beef is the main ingredient in this recipe it’s important to use good quality meat. There’s no sauce or cheese to add flavor so the flavor of the beef will be front and center. Don’t skimp on this one.
Onion and Sweet potato – Yellow onion and a large sweet potato. The potato should be peeled before you cut it. Cubing the potato can be a little tedious but the smaller the cubes the better to achieve the best texture for you hash.
Seasonings – Dried oregano, dried thyme, salt and pepper.
How to Make Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash
Cook the Beef
Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large heavy bottom skillet like this 12″ Le Creuset Fry Pan. The benefit to the heavy bottom pan is that the extra heat from the pan will give your hash a really nice slightly crispy texture. If you don’t have a large cast iron skillet or similar that’s totally fine. Just use a large non-stick skillet.
Cook the beef while stirring it to a crumble. Break up any large chunks so the texture is consistent. When the beef is brown all the way through, remove it to a plate and set it aside. Pour out any of the excess fat and juices from the pan and discard.
Cook the Onions and Potato
While the beef is cooking, prep the vegetables. Dice the onion. Peel and cut the potato into small 1/2″ cubes. When the beef is done, add a small amount of olive oil to the pan and then add the vegetables. Cook these, stirring often, until they are soft and the potatoes begin to get that slightly charred crust we love on hash. This should take about 15 minutes.
As you cook the vegetables, the pan may dry out a little. If this happens simply add a little more olive oil as needed. Pour in 1 tablespoon at a time and stir. The olive oil will help the potatoes get that crusty texture and prevent them from sticking to the pan.
Season and Serve Hash
When the vegetables are done cooking, add back the ground beef to the pan. Season everything with the dried oregano, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Give your hash a good toss and serve it immediately to keep that crispy fresh texture.
How to Serve Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash
This recipe is so versatile that it’s great to serve any time of day. Here are some different ideas for serving your Ground Beef and Potato hash:
- Dinner Main – Hash can be the star of the meal all on it’s own the same way sloppy joes might be served. Serve the hash with some green beans and crusty bread and your meal is complete.
- Ground beef and sweet potato bowl – Serve the hash on top of a bowl of steamy rice and add a few slices of avocado.
- Healthy ground beef and sweet potato salad – Serve the hash on top of a bed of baby spinach. Add your favorite salad toppings like avocado, walnuts or dried fruit.
- Eggs and hash – Serve ground beef and sweet potato hash alongside an over-easy egg with toast for a delish breakfast.
Frequently Asked Questions
What meat goes with sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes pair well with any poultry or beef. Their flavor is sweet and mild and compliment most proteins nicely. Swap out the ground beef in this sweet potato hash recipe for ground turkey if you want to lighten it up a bit.
What meat is corned beef hash made of?
Corned beef hash is made of beef that is brined. Ground beef gives hash a completely different texture and flavor than corned beef.
The Recipe for Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash
The recipe is attached below for easy downloading and printing. If you test it out be sure to leave a note in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you thought and whether you served your hash at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy!
Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Hash
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- olive oil
- Heat a large heavy bottom cast iron pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add 1 lb ground beef to the hot pan and cook while stirring to a crumble.
- While the beef cooks, dice 1 yellow onion and 1 sweet potato. The sweet potato should be peeled cut into small 1/2 cubes.
- When the beef is cooked and brown all the way through remove it to a plate and set aside. Pour off any remaining fat and juices.
- Add the diced onion and sweet potato to the pan. Turn up the heat to medium high. Cook the vegetables until they are softened and the potatoes begin to get a little crust – about 15 minutes. If the pan gets dry while cooking, add additional olive oil 1 tbsp at a time as needed.
- Add back the beef to the pan. Season with 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.