Easy Black Bean, Corn & Sweet Potato Ground Beef Burger Bowl Recipe by Terri Kendrick

Easy Black Bean, Corn & Sweet Potato Ground Beef Burger Bowl Recipe

I have an old friend who is an organic farmer, and his wife uses the fruits of her husband’s labor to dream up incredible dishes for their family, which she regularly posts on Facebook. The problem is she only posts photos – no actual recipe. Recently she posted an appetizing ground chicken bowl that I was dying to try to make.

I had a pound of lean ground beef, so I substituted ground beef for chicken, guessed at the measurements of everything and added a few ingredients of my own. This tasty, Mexican-inspired bowl recipe was the result!

To make this hearty beef bowl you will need lean ground beef, a sweeet potato, a can of black beans, fresh corn, dried cilantro, ground cumin, salt, black pepper, garlic salt and cheese. The ground beef recipe makes a delicious lunch or dinner. Right after it was done, I had it for lunch and it was so good that I went back for seconds!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound lean hamburger
  • 1 large sweet potato, microwaved, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) black beans, drained
  • 1 - 2 cobs of corn, cooked for 5 minutes and cut off the cob
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt, black pepper and garlic salt, to taste
  • mozzarella, cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • wedge of lime, as garnish

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Recipe Notes

  • Ground turkey or chicken can be substituted for ground beef.
  • Lean hamburger gets a little dry when cooked, so a drizzle of olive oil will add a little healthy fat and flavor back in.
  • I use fresh corn on the cob, but you can use 3/4 cup of frozen or canned corn instead. The Pampered Chef kernel cutter (pictured) makes slicing the corn off the cob easy!
  • Fresh cilantro makes for a prettier plate; just use a little more than indicated above.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Use a fork to poke holes in the sweet potato and microwave it for 3 minutes on high to soften a bit. When the potato has cooled, peel and cube.
  2. Over medium to low heat, cook the hamburger until no longer pink, breaking up the chunks. Drain off the grease (there shouldn’t be much if you’re using lean burger) and return to the burner.
  3. Add the corn, black beans, sweet potato cubes and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add spices, salt and pepper, garlic salt and stir. Taste and add more if desired. Cook just until everything is heated through, and sweet potatoes reach desired softness, no more than 6 or 7 minutes. If overcooked, the hamburger will dry out and the sweet potatoes will fall apart. Sprinkle with shredded cheese before serving. Serve with a drizzle of or a wedge of lime.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 325

Total Fat: 8.6g

Saturated Fat: 3.7g

Cholesterol: 87mg

Sodium: 307mg

Total Carbohydrate: 25.4g

Dietary Fiber: 5.1g

Total Sugars: 4.2g

Protein: 35.5g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 36mg

Iron: 7mg

Potassium: 722mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Yum, Terri Kendrick ! This looks really good and reminds me of something I saw on a show we're watching about the Blue Zones (areas in the world where people live to be 100 more often than other parts of the world). In Costa Rica, they make a lot of black beans and squash / sweet potatoes wrapped in corn tortillas. They call that trio the "three sisters," and apparently that combo is amazing for longevity. So you're onto something with this recipe! Check this out: food: Blue Zone Recipes: 21 Healthy Recipes That May Help You Live to Be 100

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