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This 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet is loaded with veggies, lean protein, and so much flavor! It’s a low-carb healthy meal that everybody will devour!

An orange skillet with an easy one pan taco filling.

Easy Taco Skillet

A quick and simple dinner to throw together, this Easy Taco Skillet will be loved by everyone! It’s been a family favorite of mine for years, and I know your family is going to love it too. Ground turkey is cooked together with spices, loads of veggies and beans, and then the whole thing is topped with cheese for the ultimate taco-inspired meal.

It can be made dairy-free and it’s customizable based on what toppings (if any) you add to it after it’s cooked. Trust us, you’re going to want to make this one.A scoop of taco skillet.

How to Make it a Meal

I love the versatility that comes with this taco skillet! I make this skillet on nights I’m pretty busy, and we often eat it as is, with a few tortilla chips for dipping. But you can serve this in a variety of ways:

Topping Ideas

Sometimes the best part for an easy skillet like this is what you add to it! While there is plenty going on within the skillet itself, it;s still fun to add your favorite taco toppings right on top. Here are a few of my favorite:

  • Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Diced or Marinated Onions
  • Guacamole
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes

Meal Prep Tips

This is such a great meal prep to make at the start of the week for easy grab-and-heat lunches, especially since it takes under 30 minutes to make. Divide the portions into individual containers and let cool completely before closing up the lid. Then simply reheat as needed either in a toaster oven, in a skillet, or in the microwave.

A serving of taco skillet with chips and avocado.

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30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

4.94 from 15 votes
This 30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet is loaded with veggies, lean protein, and so much flavor! It's a low-carb healthy meal that everybody will devour!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1- 5 ounce can green chiles
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese optional

Optional Garnish:

  • Scallions diced
  • Avocados diced
  • Pickled jalapeños

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large 12" skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add in zucchini, carrots, peppers, and onion and let cook for 5-7 minutes, until veggies begin to soften.
  • Add in turkey, chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook until no pink remains.
  • Add in tomatoes, green chiles, and black beans and mix to combine.  Reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add in spinach and mix until wilted. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • If adding cheddar cheese, sprinkle over the top and cover the skillet until cheese melts.
  • Serve hot with optional garnishes and serve with tortillas for dipping, or with rice, cauliflower rice, or spaghetti squash.

Notes

Omit beans and cheese for Paleo and Whole30.
This recipe was originally published in 2017, and republished with updated photos in 2021.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 recipeCalories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 36gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 1100mgFiber: 14gSugar: 7g
Keyword: Easy Taco Skillet
Course: Dinner
Method: Stovetop
Author: Lexi Davidson

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  1. 5 stars
    I make this 2-3 times a month. It’s so easy, so delicious, and so good for us – the trifecta! Also love the versatility of it. Hands down one of our all-time favorite dinners.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum yum yum! Oh my this dish is so stinkin good! And best part? It literally took 20-30 minutes to make. My kids never eat veggies without a fuss and they were digging in!

  3. 5 stars
    Loaded with tons of Veggies! Simple, Delicious, and Healthy! Perfect for a quick dinner, and leftovers will be great for an easy lunch or dinner.

  4. 5 stars
    Great way to switch up taco night and pack in lots of veggies. Very family friendly too and quick to make on a busy weeknight.

  5. 5 stars
    Taco Tuesday was a hit tonight with this recipe. My kids raved about it and had no idea how many vegetables they were eating. Thanks Lexi!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, wow, WOW!! Made this tonight and it is SOOOO good! I had to modify it a bit for what I had on hand so I used ground beef, diced tomatoes and I also added some cumin. Definitely a winner and will be adding this to the rotation! Can’t wait for leftovers for lunch tomorrow too ?

  7. 4 stars
    While my family enjoys just about all the recipes we’ve tried (this one included!), we also rely on the accuracy of prep/cook time. This recipe, I’m sad to say, is WAY off on prep time! On what planet does it take only ten minutes to prep garlic, zucchini, carrots, peppers and onions?! I mean, it’s all good, but I finally remembered to make a note on my recipe about this so when I pull it to make it for the week, I’m aware that it’s NOT a 30 minute meal from start to finish. Again, an enjoyable meal, have made it a few times, just note the time!

  8. I made this, and it tastes great! However, there was a lot of excess moisture from my veggies. It took a really long time to cook down but by then the veggies were over cooked and mushy. Any suggestions??

  9. 5 stars
    My favorite recipe hands down. I make this at least once a week – so easy and quick and perfect for lunch leftovers! I leave out the onion and garlic and it still has lots of great flavor.