30-Minute Loaded Taco Skillet

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!

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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

A scoop of taco skillet.

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!

  • Author: Lexi Davidson
  • Prep Time: 00:10
  • Cook Time: 00:20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 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

  1. Heat oil in a large 12″ skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add in zucchini, carrots, peppers, and onion and let cook for 5-7 minutes, until veggies begin to soften.
  3. Add in turkey, chili powder, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook until no pink remains.
  4. 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.
  5. If adding cheddar cheese, sprinkle over the top and cover the skillet until cheese melts.
  6. 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 Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 436
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 1100mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg

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January 10, 2021

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    1. I can’t wait to try all these recipes. I bought Lexi’s book and love it! I’m having trouble pulling up the recipe for Lex’i’s and was hoping it was in her book, but no luck, any suggestions

  1. So, I made this loaded taco skillet for my family over the weekend. It’s so good!!! I have a hard time getting my kids to eat veggies but when the veggies are cut up small and added into a dish with meat and all the taco flavor–they went right for it! The only thing I did that was different from the recipe is use a pound of grass fed ground beef rather than turkey. I didn’t have turkey on hand is the only reason. I did add all the cheese and avocado. Yummy dish. I’ll be making it again.

  2. LOVE this recipe! I can’t believe how simple it is to make. I made this for my family and they absolutely loved it!

  3. This recipe is SO good! My husband and I have made it twice already. Fast, so healthy, and delicious- what more could you want! Thank you!

  4. This was amazing! I added a few diced sweet potatoes to the recipe as well. Thank you for this super easy recipe!

  5. This is amazing!! I found your blog through PaleOMG and Juli’s podcast with you.
    I cannot wait to try more and can’t believe I’ve never thought to make something so simple as this.

    Beautiful blog–looking forward to going through your 30 min or less recipes and your weekly meal plan posts.

  6. Hi Lexi,
    Do you have a nutritional break down on Carbs/Fat/Pro and Calories? On your recipes? Just asking since I’m following a ketogenic lifestyle. If not no problem, I can figure it out. Very nice website..Great job!

  7. What is the serving size and calorie count? Definitely making it! Looks so yummy. Can I use 1 teaspoon garlic powder instead of the granules?

  8. How big of a skillet do you use? I have a 12″ cast iron, would that be good for 1 lb of meat? I kind of want to make it with 2 lbs of meat (since that’s what I have defrosted). I have a bigger oven safe skillet, but it’s not cast iron.

  9. YUM! I love one skillet meals especially when they are loaded with veggies. Perfect weeknight meal!

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  10. Delicious!!! We honestly have not had a recipe from Lexi that was less than that though!! 😉 I have a kid who does not/will not eat bell peppers or zucchini and he ate everything in here ( I confessed later and he wasn’t thrilled but still said he would eat it again…hallelujah!) Texture, taste, seasonings and everything were on point. My husband and youngest had it with tortilla chips and my oldest and I had a few plantain chips with ours for a bit of crunch. Everyone thought it would be great in burrito as well. Another recipe in the rotation at our house.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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??

  13. 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!

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  14. 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 ?

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  15. 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!

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

  18. Great dinner option for the family with lots of veggies, flavor and easy! Thank you!

  19. This recipe is magic! I have made it numerous times for my family and we all love it!

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  20. 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!

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