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Sweet Potato and Pineapple Beef Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa

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Savory pineapple beef combines with roasted sweet potatoes and fresh spinach, along with a quick mango avocado salsa, in this delicious weeknight bowl.

“I made these earlier this week and they were a huge hit with the whole family–my 10 year old LOVED them! Will definitely make again! Thank you!” -Cherry


The other night I couldn’t sleep. I was tossing and turning and then all of the sudden the idea for these sweet potato pineapple beef bowls popped into my head.

Then I really couldn’t sleep because I wanted to get up right then and make them.

I couldn’t wait for the weekend and the chance to whip up this sweet and savory combination. 

When Saturday finally arrived I grabbed a few simple ingredients and got to work.

Andrew, Elle, and I then proceeded to down the heaping bowls full of the sweet potatoes, pineapple beef, and luscious avocado mango salsa.

The grownups also added a good dose of hot sauce, which really sent the bowls over the top.

In the end it seems my restless nighttime vision turned out to be a great kitchen success. 

Give these bowls a try, I think you’re going to love them too.

Now, let’s make some Sweet Potato Beef Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa!


THE RECIPE IS . . .

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly


Tools to Use in the Recipe

8-inch chef knife

My Favorite Cutting Board

Half Sheet Pan


RECIPE ADAPTATIONS

1 | Feel free to substitute ground turkey in place of the beef if you prefer.

2 | Fresh diced pineapple would also work in place of the mango in the salsa. 

3 | Serve all the parts separately: roasted sweet potatoes, pineapple beef, mango chunks, avocado slices, and spinach.

4 | Is your resistant eater not a fan of spinach? Swap it for any preferred raw veggie. 


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Sweet Potato and Pineapple Beef Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa

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Description

Savory pineapple beef combines with roasted sweet potatoes and fresh spinach, along with a quick mango avocado salsa, in this delicious weeknight bowl.


Scale

Ingredients

For the Sweet Potatoes

34 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

For the Pineapple Beef

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound lean ground beef (grass-fed if possible)

1 can 8-oz crushed pineapple

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon mild chili powder

½ teaspoon salt

For the Salsa

1 large mango, diced

2 avocados, diced

1 lime, juiced

¼ cup cilantro

¼ teaspoon salt

For the Bowls

5 oz baby spinach

Hot sauce (optional)


Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and ½ teaspoon salt together on a sheet pan.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes, flip the potatoes, then roast an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the beef, stirring to break into chunks. Sprinkle with cumin, garlic powder, mild chile powder, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook 5-8 minutes or until the beef is browned and cooked through. Drain any extra fat, then add the pineapple and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low until ready to serve.
  5. Combine the mango, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  6. Place the spinach, pineapple beef, and sweet potatoes in a bowl. Top with the mango avocado salsa and hot sauce to taste.

Notes

Feel free to substitute ground turkey in place of the beef if you prefer.

Fresh diced pineapple would also work in place of the mango in the salsa.

Serve all the parts separately: roasted sweet potatoes, pineapple beef, mango chunks, avocado slices, and spinach.

Is your resistant eater not a fan of spinach? Swap it for any preferred raw veggie.

 

29 comments to " Sweet Potato and Pineapple Beef Bowls with Mango Avocado Salsa "

  • Jodi

    This sounds delicious!! One question, do you drain the pineapple or use the juice? Thanks!

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Jodi, I’ve actually made it both ways so it depends on your preference. If you like the beef a little saucier add the entire can, if you like it a little drier drain off some of the juice before adding the pineapple pieces.

  • Diane

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious!

  • This looks so amazing! Will probably try it wit ground turkey as we have lots of it! THANKS! 🙂

  • Just made this tonight and really enjoyed it!! I made rice to serve it over because I’m a rice and pasta girl. It was a delicious combination of flavors!

  • I stumbled upon this recipe + blog looking for a summery way to use ground beef, and I am SO glad I found you. We had everything on hand to make this except mango + pineapple so I ran to the store for that. This was so flavorful, easy and delicious- even my carb loving hubby gobbled it up. I am using leftovers to make whole wheat wraps for lunch tomorrow. I love your family friendly recommendations for the kiddos, I made this tonight with my 2 yo son, he got to "paint the tatoes" with olive oil while the oven preheated. I served him the beef with some noodles, peas and tomato sauce and he ate the sweet potatoes on the side. I can’t wait to try more recipes and see your weekly meal plans.

    • Robyn Downs

      Amber, I’m so happy you found the site and that you and your family enjoyed the recipe! Love that your 2 yo helped in the kitchen, that’s the best. I hope you continue to enjoy. xxoo

  • Kerith

    This was absolutely delicious! Easy to make and everyone liked it!

  • Chris

    This is my family of 4’s first week starting whole30. I made this tonight and it was delicious! The only disappointment was there weren’t seconds or leftovers. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  • KCH

    I love this recipe. Next time I will probably skip the mango but other than that I will make again. I could even it the pineapple beef by its self it was so good!

  • Tanya Ciccarelli

    I just made this tonight, what a wonderful and delightful dinner. I loved the sweet potatoes in it. Next time I might try it with acorn squash, just since its in season. But this dish was light and filling. It was a hit for our family! The mango salsa was refreshing!

    • Robyn Downs

      Tanya, I’m so happy you enjoyed this one! I think acorn squash sounds lovely–if you try it let us know how it turns out. 🙂

  • Sarah

    This recipe is AWESOME, my husband & 17 month old love just as much as I do too 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Cherry Blossoms

    I made these earlier this week and they were a huge hit with the whole family–my 10 year old LOVED them! Will definitely make again! Thank you!

  • Amy

    Can any of this recipe be made in advance so it’s less prep work on a busy evening? This looks wonderful, can’t wait to try!

    • Robyn Downs

      Amy, you can definitely roast the sweet potatoes ahead and then reheat on the stovetop the day of. You could also pre-make the salsa (minus the avocado), then add the avocado when you’re ready to go. Hope you enjoy!

  • Sasha

    I’m trying this tonight but with thinly sliced beef cubes since I have no ground beef. It sounds delicious. Just wanted to also let you know I am truly enjoying your website and all the resources you provide. It has helped me tremendously as I’ve been making the switch to serving whole foods, (mostly plants :-), to my family. I’ve tried many times before but could never get a handle on how to do it with a large family—many different tastes—and little time! Thank you!!

    • Robyn Downs

      Sasha, I love the idea of substituting beef cubes. So happy that the site it helping you and your crew! All my best. 🙂

  • Heather

    Can I just dice up some fresh pineapple instead of using a can of crushed pineapple?

    • Robyn Downs

      Heather that should work, there will be less juice but should be okay. Be sure to dice it very finely.

  • Julia Woods

    This recipe is so incredible!! Thank you for sharing it. I have not found a better hamburger recipe ever! It is definitely going in our family favorites!

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