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Taco Skillet

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Olena Osipov
4.9 from 16 votes

Taco Skillet is everything you love about tacos in one pan. Easy, quick and healthy Mexican food you can make exactly the way your family likes it.

Please meet 25 minute crowd pleaser. 🙂

Taco Skillet

Taco skillet! Skillets fall into my favorite category to cook. They remind me my childhood in Ukraine when grandma used exact measurements only when baking. The rest was “eyeball” and “use what you have”.

What do we have here?

  • Ground turkey seasoned with onion and taco seasoning.
  • Then simmered with black beans, green chiles and tomatoes.
  • Cover with tortillas, let cheese melt and you will be able to slice it with spatula. Even your kids can perform self serve.

I truly-truly enjoyed making this taco skillet about 3 times this month. Kids loved it!!!

Taco Skillet garnished with lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos

Ingredients for Taco Skillet

  • Protein: Use any ground meat like beef, pork, lamb, chicken or like me – ground turkey. Drain fat from fattier meat. If vegetarian, use tofu crumbles or any other sub.
  • Seasonings: Taco skillet flavor is built with sauteed onion, taco seasoning and diced green chiles. No chiles? Use extra taco seasoning, chili powder, or throw in some jalapenos or green pepper to saute with the onion.
  • Veggies: Involved are canned veggies/beans like diced tomatoes and black beans. And fresh veggies to top the skillet – lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro. You can add corn, mushrooms, zucchini or bell pepper to saute.
  • Tortillas: Corn tortillas add the most authentic Mexican flavor. You can also use wheat tortillas or tortilla chips. Skip completely for low carb version. Also this reminds me, you can skip beans for lower carbs too.
  • Cheese: I am using what we call in Canada marble cheese, a mix of white and yellow cheddar. Use Tex Mex cheese, or yellow or white cheddar.

Taco Skillet with ground meat inside

How to Make Taco Skillet

  • Saute your veggies and spices quickly in a bit of oil. It will brighten their flavors.
  • Then you add ground meat of choice and saute for about 7 minutes or until almost cooked. This step requires muscle work – constant stirring and breaking meat into small pieces.
  • Add canned goods like diced tomatoes (do not drain), black beans (drained), green chiles (see recipe notes for sub) and maybe even frozen corn.
  • Simmer this mix for about 5 minutes. Using baking sheet as a lid is very classy or shall I say Ukrainian classic hack. 🙂
  • Top with tortillas and cheese and let stand covered with heat off to allow tortillas to soften and cheese melt. Just wait till you dig in!
  • Now top with fresh veggies like typical taco fixings – lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, green onion, avocado.

Taco Skillet scooped up with spatula and garnished with traditional taco fixings

How to Store, Reheat and Freeze

Taco skillet is almost indestructible. 🙂

Refrigerate leftovers in a glass container with tight lid. Better and more fresh taste than from a plastic container – just try. Up to 3-4 days is great.

Reheat in good old microwave or right in the pan with a splash of water, covered and simmered on low for 7ish minutes. Also if you turn off heat and let skillet stand covered for a few more minutes, it will keep heating through.

Taco Skillet served on a plate

Freeze in a glass airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating in the fridge overnight or on a counter during the day. Then reheat as per instructions above.

Easy-peasy. Hope you enjoy this taco skillet and I would love to hear from you!

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Taco Skillet recipe

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet {25 Minutes}

Taco Skillet is everything you love about tacos in one pan. Easy, quick and healthy Mexican food you can make exactly the way your family likes it.
4.94 from 16 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 473kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat I used ground turkey
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning low sodium
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 14 oz can low sodium diced tomatoes not drained
  • 14 oz can low sodium black beans rinsed & drained
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Tex Mex or cheddar cheese grated
  • Handful Romaine or iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 2 small tomatoes diced
  • More toppings like avocado cilantro, green onion, if you wish

Instructions

  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and swirl 1 tbsp oil to coat.
  • Add onion and saute for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Add ground meat, taco seasoning and salt. Saute for 7 minutes, constantly stirring and breaking into small pieces with spatula.
  • Add diced green chiles, diced tomatoes, black beans; stir and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  • Lay tortillas overlapping each a other abit, sprinkle with cheese, turn off heat, cover with a tight lid and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with lettuce, diced tomatoes and whatever else Mexican topping you like.
  • Serve hot with desired toppings like cilantro, green onion, avocado, yogurt, salsa etc.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

    Video

    Notes

    • If using ground beef or pork, I recommend to drain the fat.
    • Wheat tortillas would work just fine.
    • If you don't have diced green chiles, use more taco seasoning or chili powder. Also green bell pepper or jalapenos amount to taste and sauteed works. Throw it in with onions.
    • Add corn, skip beans or tortillas - make skillet yours. 🙂

    Nutrition

    Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      This is delicious! I skipped the green chiles because I don’t like them, so I added more taco seasoning as suggested. The only issue I had was that it ended up a little soupy and not dry like in the picture, so we ate it as taco filling instead of a taco skillet, but we loved it! Very easy to make and tasty! Will make it again.
      Thank you!!

    2. 5 stars
      This very quickly became a 2-3 time a week meal for us! We use lean ground chicken and forgo the chiles for green pepper. I also only use 1/2 an onion and about 3-4tsp of low-sodium taco seasoning. I find any less and it’s a bit bland, and any more onion really overwhelms the dish (maybe my onions are just too large?). I also use fire-roasted low-sodium diced tomatoes and drain them before adding, or I find it turns into more of a soup instead of a taco.
      Even with my substitutions and small tweaks, the recipe is insanely easy and makes A LOT while being incredibly healthy and delicious. It’s definitely a permanent staple to our diets.

    3. 5 stars
      I made this recipe last night, and my husband LOVED it. I was surprised because he’s sometimes picky about food, and the recipe was so fast and easy! He loves healthy recipes with lots of fresh, healthy ingredients, and it can be hard to find recipes that are simple, quick, AND healthy. I pan fried a few flour tortillas and we had this taco skillet as the filling. Definitely keeping this recipe. Thanks for all the healthy, fast recipes! I found this website a few weeks ago, and I keep coming back to it for healthy dinner ideas!

    4. Making this tonight but has anyone doubled the recipe? I’m wondering about the “ extra tortillas”, recipe says 16 if doubling, not sure how they’ll all fit. Thx!

    5. There is a recipe card with full list of ingredients and cooking instructions at the bottom of the recipe write-up!

    6. 4 stars
      Why husband & I really enjoyed this recipe. I found it took much longer than the 30 minutes (mostly because I ended up making my own taco seasoning), as I had none. In the past I’ve used mostly flour tortillas, even though I’ve heard the corn are more original & healthy for you. I found the corn tortillas too hard & will use flour in the future. The flavours of this recipe made it tasty for both dinner & lunch the next day. I definitely will make this again & now have a large supply of taco seasoning at the ready.

      1. 5 stars
        I absolutely loved the simplicity of this dish!! I made sure to add lots of seasoning in order to boost the flavours. My husband absolutely loved it as well, and we are planning to use it in our weekly rotations. Thank you Olena!

    7. 5 stars
      I Love the TLC, wholesomeness, and simplicity in these recipes! Reminds my of my own mother’s wonderful cooking. Thanks Olena!!!

    8. 5 stars
      This is such a wonderful, quick dinner! I fixed this real quick after a day hike, I needed something quick and easy, my husband loved it! Thank you for your recipe!

    9. 5 stars
      I made Olena’s Taco Skillet today. I used ground turkey. It was easy and quick to make, and delicious. The cleanup was a breeze. I can’t wait to eat leftovers for dinner!

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