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Paleo Ground Beef Stuffed Yams Recipe

Recipe & photos courtesy of Marla Sarris

If you’re on a paleo, ketogenic or other style of primal diet, it’s important to consider the foods that complement your grass-fed and pasture raised proteins. Potatoes are one of the staple food items in many kitchens, however not all potatoes are alike in their makeup.

Generally speaking, sweet potatoes are more paleo friendly than russets or white potatoes due to the lower starch content. In this recipe, the combination of dark leafy greens and yams or sweet potatoes served with ground, grass-fed beef is a real winner. This is so easy to make and so delicious, it’s likely to become a family favorite.

Our friend Marla Sarris shares this stuffed yams recipe and has a lot more to say about potatoes on her food blog. You’ll want to check that out too.

Recipe Author: Marla Sarris

US Wellness Shopping List: Grassfed Ground Beef, Sugar-free Bacon, Greens

Servings: 3-4


  • 3-4 yams or sweet potatoes
  • 5 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1lb grass-fed ground beef
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • chili powder, to taste
  • coarse ground sea salt, to taste
  • 2 cups braising greens

stuffed yams

Recipe & photos courtesy of Marla Sarris


  1. Wrap the yams in foil, transfer to a rimmed baking sheet or pizza stone and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until you can squeeze the potatoes (using an oven-safe glove) and they give under the pressure of your hand easily.
  2. After yams have been in the oven for 30 minutes, add chopped bacon to a 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Toss to coat the pan evenly with the bacon grease as the pieces cook.
  3. After 3-5 minutes add onion and garlic and toss to combine. Cook 5-7 minutes or until onions start to become translucent.
  4. Add ground beef to pan and season with garlic powder, chili powder and sea salt. Toss to combine with onion, garlic and bacon and cook until meat is browned.
  5. Add braising greens to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook, covered for 5-7 minutes or until greens start to wilt. Toss to combine with ground beef and cook until greens are to your desired consistency. (The longer they cook the more they will break down.)
  6. Transfer baked yams to a plate, slice open with a knife and pile the ground beef and greens mixture inside.
  7. Serve each dish with a pinch of sea salt on top.
  8. Enjoy! 🙂