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Videos 19 October 2023

Tex-Mex Sweetpotato Beef Skillet

(Family Features) For busy families, it’s hard to beat a one-skillet dish that cuts down on cleanup without sacrificing flavor. Especially during the hectic fall season when cool, crisp days call for comforting food, you can warm up the evening with a hot Tex-Mex meal that’s sure to occupy a permanent spot on the menu.

Start with a versatile comfort food staple like sweetpotatoes, which provide the body for this filling Tex-Mex Sweetpotato Beef Skillet. As a versatile veggie that’s easy to add to a variety of recipes for enhanced flavor and nutrition content, they can become a pantry must in your home for simple and elevated recipes alike. To maximize their already-lengthy shelf life (up to 4 weeks), simply store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from heat sources – never in the refrigerator, which can cause “chill damage.”

Because they can be cooked and prepared in a skillet, baked, grilled, slow-cooked, microwaved, air-fried and more, they provide a crowd favorite that’s a breeze to use in the kitchen. In this delicious dish, they’re combined with peppers, onions, ground beef, broth, tomatoes, corn, Southwest seasoning and more to keep chilly days at bay.

Consider this fun fact to share with your loved ones at the dinner table: The one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was officially adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 to avoid confusion with equally unique and distinctive potatoes, which are also grown and marketed commercially in the United States.

Find more comfort food favorites by visiting ncsweetpotatoes.com.

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Tex-Mex Sweetpotato Beef Skillet

Recipe courtesy of Meredith Bernard of “This Farm Wife” on behalf of the North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission

Servings: 6

  • 2          medium sweetpotatoes
  • 3          bell peppers (combination of red, yellow and orange)
  • 1          small onion
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil or butter, divided
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1          pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2       cup beef broth
  • 1          can diced tomatoes
  • 8          ounces tomato sauce
  • 1          can Mexi-corn or Southwest corn
  • 1          tablespoon Southwest seasoning
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Rinse and scrub sweetpotatoes to clean. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes. Dice bell pepper and onion. Set aside.
  2. In skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil or butter.
  3. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, being careful not to burn.
  4. Add ground beef, breaking apart and stirring until cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove garlic and beef to covered bowl or plate; set aside.
  5. In same skillet, add remaining oil or butter. Saute peppers, onion and sweetpotatoes until slightly tender.
  6. Pour in broth, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce; cover and simmer 12-15 minutes.
  7. Stir in cooked beef and corn. Cook until liquid reduces and mixture thickens slightly. Add seasoning and salt and pepper, to taste.

Source: North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission

Videos 13 October 2022

Jalapeno Sweetpotato Chowder

(Family Features) Colder, shorter days call for a little comfort. Cozying up with a hearty meal on brisk winter evenings can help fight off the chill while savoring favorite flavors alongside the ones you love.

Avoid venturing into the cold for a trip to the store by turning to a pantry staple like sweetpotatoes. As one of the most versatile veggies, they’re easy to add to a variety of recipes while enhancing both flavor and nutrition. Perfectly suitable for both simple and elevated dishes, they can be baked, microwaved, grilled, slow cooked or prepared on the stove so their sweet taste never goes out of style.

Their long shelf life – up to four weeks if stored properly in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from heat sources – means you can rely on sweetpotatoes throughout the winter as an on-hand ingredient. Additionally, as a “diabetes superfood” according to the American Diabetes Association, they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease, making them a key source of nutrients during wintertime.

When your family needs a warm-up on those frosty days, put sweetpotatoes at the center of mealtime (with an added kick) in this Jalapeno Sweetpotato Chowder. Loaded with the flavors of winter comfort, it’s a filling meal that makes enough for a crowd so no one goes hungry.

Visit ncsweetpotatoes.com to find more comforting meal ideas.

 

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Jalapeno Sweetpotato Chowder
Recipe courtesy of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission
Servings: 6

  • 2          large North Carolina sweetpotatoes, baked
  • 1          small onion, 1/4-inch diced
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2          cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 1/2    cups whole corn kernels
  • 2          teaspoons minced jalapenos
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • chopped scallions, for garnish

Source:

  1. Peel baked sweetpotatoes; discard skin and puree.
  2. In soup pot, saute onion in butter until softened. Add pureed sweetpotato and stock, as desired. Bring to boil, reducing liquid slightly.
  3. Add chicken, corn, jalapenos, heavy cream and salt. Simmer 10 minutes.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped scallions.

Source: North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

 

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