Mexican Inspired Breakfast Skillet (Paleo, Whole30, AIP, Egg Free)
This Mexican Inspired Breakfast skillet is a paleo, whole30, and AIP take on an egg-free one-pan meal that’s perfect for breakfast or a main dish.
Mexican Breakfast Skillet
This breakfast skillet is a delicious spin on a classic breakfast hash that is traditionally filled with eggs and nightshades. This version is AIP friendly with grass-fed ground beef, sweet potato, and rich flavors from the kale, red onion, radish, and cilantro. You won’t even miss the eggs because the flavors are so satisfying and as a bonus, it can all be cooked in one pan!
What You Need For This Mexican Breakfast Skillet
- Ground beef. Grass-fed ground beef was my protein of choice for this skillet, but you can also use something like turkey, chicken or even compliant chorizo… I just think beef provides the best flavor here!
- Sweet potato. The starchy veggie of choice in this skillet.
- Kale, red onion, radish, and cilantro. These veggies add nutrient density and tons of flavor to the dish.
- Avocado. What would a taco skillet be without avocado??
- Optional: Salsa, or fried eggs. As this dish is AIP, it’s nightshade-free and egg-free. However, if you can tolerate salsa and eggs, go for it!
How to make a Mexican Breakfast Skillet
- Cook the ground beef. Cook on medium heat until browned with half the seasonings. Set aside.
- Cook the vegetables. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until softened and lightly crisped, stirring frequently. Add in the red onion and cook until the onions are translucent. Finally, add the kale and cook for 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Add the remainder of the seasoning.
- Combine together. Add the beef back to the skillet and stir to combine and reheat.
- Top with garnishes and serve fresh.
Can you make this hash ahead of time?
This hash is best fresh, but you can easily make it ahead of time and reheat it for a few minutes in a pan.
Can you add sauce to this hash?
If you tolerate it, this hash would be great with hot sauce, salsa, or even sour cream. However, it doesn’t necessarily need it!
Can you add eggs to this hash?
It certainly doesn’t need eggs, but you can add them if you’d like.
You’ll also like…
- Turkey & Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
- Cabbage & Sausage Breakfast Skillet
- Carrot Apple & Bacon Breakfast Hash
Mexican Breakfast Skillet (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tsp cumin (omit for AIP), divided
- 2 tsp dried oregano, divided
- 2 tsp garlic powder, divided
- 2 tsp onion powder, divided
- 1 tsp sea salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
- 1 medium red onion, finely diced
- 2 stalks kale, destemmed and chopped
- Juice of one lime
- 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 1–2 radishes, sliced
- 1 medium avocado
- Using a large skillet, brown the ground beef to the pan and season with half of the seasonings. Cook on medium heat until browned, and set aside, reserving most of the fat in the pan to cook the vegetables.
- Add the sweet potatoes and cook until softened and lightly crisped, stirring frequently. Add in the red onion and cook until the onions are translucent. Finally, add the kale and cook for 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Add the remainder of the seasoning.
- Add the beef back to the skillet and stir to combine and reheat.
- Top with garnishes and serve fresh.
All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 278
- Fat: 8.8g
- Carbohydrates: 22.8g
- Fiber: 5.7g
- Protein: 27.7g
This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated in 2021. Recipe by Michelle, Unbound Wellness. Photos by Eat Love Eats
could I use spinach instead of kale?
Dumb question: do you peel the potatoes?
You do 🙂
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This is SO, so good! Made this for my whole family, substituting a mix of purple, golden, and orange carrots for the sweet potatoes. So satisfying!
Yum! Thank you so much Nancy!!
This is the best breakfast Whole30 dish I’ve ever eaten! Just one question, how many servings is the recipe?
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This was awesome.
Love this recipe! I’ve made it twice now and could eat the whole skillet just myself.
Made this for dinner and served it over a bed of lettuce like a warm taco salad ! Was so good .. thumbs up !!
We opt for ground turkey instead of beef, and this is one of our favorite AIP breakfasts. I make a double batch on the weekends so we can have leftovers throughout the week. Reheats well- just add the radish and avocado each day after reheating.
This dish is our favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner. It is in our weekly menu rotation, and we make it exactly as the recipe says, plus a larger amount of kale than the recipe calls for. My kids ages 9, 10, 14, and 16 all love it. Eat it with a grapefruit alongside, it’s a nice flavor combination.
Fabulous. Flavors are perfect! Even my non AIP eaters loved it. I feel so blessed and relieved to have found your website, shopping lists and meal plans!
So happy to hear that, thank you!!
I notice a lot of your recipes call for sweet potato. I really don’t like them and I know regular potatoes are off the table. Can you recommend a vegetable I can substitute for sweet potato in your recipes.
For a recipe like this, you can use carrots! Parsnips are another great option 🙂
Can I use another type of potato while on AIP?
AIP allows for sweet potatoes because they aren’t a nightshade like regular potatoes!
Yummy! I added Cholula to give it a little *~pizazz~*
Love that!!! Thank you, Becca 🙂
This recipe is delicious. I did not have avocado on hand but was so good. I am excited to try more of your recipes. YUMMM
So glad you enjoyed it!!
Forgot to give a rating with my comment. 5 star all the way. This recipe is delicious. I did not have avocado on hand but was so good. I am excited to try more of your recipes. YUMMM
This was great! I didn’t have radishes or kale, but this was such a satisfying dish. I think it would be great as a burriito filling if I could make a decent AIP tortilla.
Yum!! You can use this recipe for homemade cassava tortillas: https://www.theroastedroot.net/cassava-flour-tortillas-paleo-aip/