Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Quesadillas

This was not a recipe a planned on posting here but I got a lot of requests for it so here it is! If you are not following me on Instagram go here now! I save insta-recipes in one of my story highlights with simple meals I throw together but want to share with you. This is one of those recipes and I feel like it’s perfect timing with Cinco De Mayo tomorrow!

I did use ground beef which is very uncommon for me, I pretty much never buy it but it was on clearance and too good of deal to pass up. Side note, I love buying clearance meet and freezing it when I get it home. I digress, you could switch it to ground turkey or chicken or any meat you prefer. Enjoy!

EASY Ground Beef & Sweet Potato Quesadillas

These quesadillas are incredibly fast and easy to make. You could also make them into nachos or tacos, or on salad too!

Course Main Course
Keyword beef, easy, mexican
Author Jessi Holden


  • 1 pound ground beef (or any preferred meat)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, do not thaw
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa, your choice on chunky, mild, hot, etc!


  1. Start cooking your ground beef over medium-high heat. You don’t really need to spray or add oil because there’s enough fat in the ground beef.

  2. Add the frozen corn to the pan. Continue cooking. I leave it sitting there while I prep the next ingredient.

  3. Add your drained and rinsed black beans (this removes more of sodium).

  4. Chop your sweet potato. If you like the flavor of roasted potatoes then roast it ahead of time. I chopped it, threw it in a microwave safe bowl some some water and steamed it for a good 3-5 minutes.

  5. Add in the sweet potato and the salsa and mix to finish up cooking. Make sure all the pink is gone from the meat. 

  6. For Quesadillas: Take the mixture out of the pan and grab a paper towel to quickly wipe out any extra residue. Add a quesadilla (empty) to the pan and let it sit on low heat for a minute or so. Add mixture to half of the quesadilla, sprinkle with cheese and fold the other half over the mix. Use a spatula to flatten it. Let it brown slightly on one side and put using a spatula, flip over the quesadilla. Do this by going under the open side and flipping it over, not by starting from the folded side. 

  7. For Nachos: Add your chips and cheese. Boom.

  8. For Salad: Add the mix to a salad with your favorite dressing.

Recipe Notes

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