Beef Taco Skillet Dinner is one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket for one of those days when the shit has hit the fan but the people in your house still need to eat! It is easy, comforting, hearty and delicious.  My in-home taste tester scarfed the whole plate down. This is rare-he hates everything so if the 13 year old likes it you know its good!

You can make this entire dinner in one skillet which makes clean up a breeze and is an added bonus for those nights when you are too tired to clean 5 pans. This recipe is also one that you most likely have all the ingredients in your panty or fridge.  So go rummage or stock up when you are at the grocery and you will be able to pull this together in 20 minutes!

Also, a quick nag for all you crazy busy families-take 10 minutes on Sunday night to make a rough weekly meal plan.  I  have the template on the right side of the blog. Just print it off and jot down 4 meals you are going to make that week-it does not need to look like Martha Stewart wrote it out.   And when you are at the grocery store buy those ingredients and the rest of the week you dont have to think about what you are going to make and you don’t have to run to the store AGAIN.

Here’s to quick and easy dinners!  Enjoy!

Easy Beef Taco Skillet

Quick, Easy, Comforting and Delicious skillet taco. 

Servings 4


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Poblano pepper-seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/2 Jalapeño-seeds and ribs removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb Ground beef or ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning (recipe under Taco Seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 14.5oz can tomatoes with liquid, diced
  • 1 small can corn, drained
  • 1/2 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese or cheddar cheese
  • 3 scallions, chopped-garnish
  • 1 Avocado, diced-garnish
  • 1 small can sliced black olives-garnish


  1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion, red bell pepper,  poblano and jalapeño. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. 

  2. Add ground meat and cook until no pink remains, about 10 minutes. 

  3. Add taco seasoning packet or 2 Tablespoons homemade seasoning. Stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup water. 

  4. Add tomatoes, corn and beans.  Bring to simmer until liquid is reduced. 

  5. Sprinkle cheese over beef mixture. Over with lid and turn the heat off.  Let sit for about 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

  6. Garnish with avocado and scallions.  Serve with shredded lettuce for a low carb salad or serve with tortilla chips. 

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