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Taco skillet recipe

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This yummy Taco Skillet recipe is a family favorite meal! Tex Mex flavors, ground beef, and cheese are always a delicious combination. Bonus, it’s a one-pot meal, on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Taco Skillet Recipe

Easy Taco Skillet Recipe

This Taco Skillet Recipe is a favorite recipe of mine, my family just gobbles it up! It makes so much food, I usually get several meals out of it for my family of four.

The first night we just eat it as is with chips. And after that, I use the leftovers as a base for other meals. Things like filling for skillet enchiladas or enchilada casserole, burritos, or quesadillas.

I also love to package the taco skillet up for the freezer in small portions to have on hand for quick dinner options for the kids.

Variations

I am the type of cook who will take a recipe and just use whatever ingredients I have on hand. If you are the same,  this is a wonderful “base” recipe to change up and use whatever you have on hand.

  • Proteins: Any meat works: turkey, ground beef, or chicken.
  • Rice: You can use any type of rice –  white, brown, or even a box of Spanish or Mexican rice.
  • Salsa: If you don’t have a jar of salsa you can use a can of petite diced tomatoes and a small can of diced green chilies plus a bit of cumin.
  • Cheese: Use whatever cheese is your favorite, I personally love the Monterey/Colby Jack Blend for my Tex-Mex recipes.
  • Toppings: Top with avocado lettuce, sour cream, extra cheese, jalapeno, cilantro, green onions, olives. If you like it, it will work in this recipe.

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Taco Skillet Recipe

Taco skillet recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders

Description

This yummy Taco Skillet recipe is a family favorite meal! Tex Mex spices, ground beef, and cheese are a delicious combination. Bonus, it’s a one-pot meal, ready in 30 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of chopped/shredded/ground meat (I use whatever meat I have on hand already cooked. Turkey, beef, or chicken all work.)
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix
  • 1 jar (16 oz) thick & chunky salsa (the original recipe called for 1 jar, but I am too cheap to use a whole jar, I just use 1/4 and it still tastes great)
  • 1 can (11 oz) corn (mexi-corn works great))
  • 2 cups cooked instant rice
  • 3 cups (+/-) beans (black or pintos work well)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese  (divided – your favorite kind)
  • optional for garnish: lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, diced avocado, green onions – whatever you like on your tacos or have in the fridge

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet cook (or reheat) meat of choice.
  2. Stir in seasoning mix, rice, beans, salsa and corn, and 1 cup of cheese.
  3. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; cover and let stand 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Serve as is, with tortilla chips, or in a tortilla and top with your favorite garnishes

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  1. Would 1 lb of ground beef work with this recipe? I have a family of boys and 2 cups of ground beef seems like a small amount for their big appetites. Thanks!

    1. Depending on how lean the meat is 2 to 2.5 cups cooked ground beef should equal about a pound of raw ground beef. That being said, you can really use as much as you want. With all the rice and beans, this recipe makes a lot of food and is very flexible.
      Good luck,
      ~Jamie

    2. Thanks so much. I'm making this for dinner tonight. Showed my 17 yr. old with a HUGE appetite and he's totally looking forward to it. lol

    3. Thanks so much. I'm making this for dinner tonight. Showed my 17 yr. old with a HUGE appetite and he's totally looking forward to it. lol

    4. Hey there, I never got to make this for dinner that night as something came up (as usually does with a busy schedule of a high schooler!) so I want to make it tonight. Just a couple of more questions (sorry)…liquid is usually needed when using taco seasoning and I notice this doesn't call for any liquid. Your recipe doesn't call for liquid so I was just wondering what you do or do you even need liquid at all? Thanks SO much!

    5. I just sprinkle the taco seasoning in with the meat, either while its cooking or after it's cooked. The meat and salsa are pretty moist, and the taco seasoning just coats everything.
      ~Jamie

    6. Thanks so much! On my way to the market now. 🙂

  2. Would 1 lb of ground beef work with this recipe? I have a family of boys and 2 cups of ground beef seems like a small amount for their big appetites. Thanks!