20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet


This 20 minute cheesy taco skillet is loaded with veggies, protein and fiber. It’s a delicious low-carb meal that the entire family will love!

20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

With summer winding down, life has suddenly gone from relaxed to chaotic. Sound familiar? I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but we are SO busy. Parties, outings, lunch dates, sporting events, endless errands and back-to-school prep. By the end of the day I’m exhausted and trying to get the kids focused on something (other than me) for more than 5 minutes is a struggle. That’s where this magic 20 minute cheesy taco skillet comes in. It’s a lifesaver.

20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Normally I’d make taco meat, rice, beans etc. but this one-pan meal is just too easy. I can whip it up with whatever we have in our fridge or pantry, and I don’t have to worry about measuring all of the spices out thanks to McCormick’s NEW Organic Taco Seasoning Mix, which happens to be certified organic & non-GMO (always a bonus. 20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

The new recipe mixes come in three additional flavors such as Chili Seasoning Mix, Fajita Seasoning Mix and Brown Gravy Mix. Can’t wait to try those out!

20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Let’s start with this delicious Mexican-inspired meal first. To start, place a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, sauté the onion, carrot and zucchini until soft (I like to toss in extra veggies, corn is also a great addition, although the carrot and zucchini become so soft and tender even picky eaters will have a hard time finding them). Push the vegetables to the edge of the pan and add the beef (I used 93% lean ground beef, ground chicken or turkey work well too). Brown the meat for 3-4 minutes before adding the seasoning mix. Continue cooking the beef until cooked throughout.

20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Add the tomato sauce, broth, black beans and tomatoes. Allow the mixture to simmer until the sauce thickens.

20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Then sprinkle the cheese over the top, cover with a tight fitting lid (or a large piece of aluminum foil) and remove from the heat. After about a minute or two, remove the lid and top with green onion and lettuce. Serve the skillet as a dip, use it as a taco or burrito filling, or as a nacho topping… the options are endless!

20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Garnish with chunks of ripe avocado, a dollop of light sour cream or sprinkle of freshly chopped cilantro. Serve hot and enjoy! We can’t get enough of this simple, wholesome, flavorful one-pan meal. It has quickly become a favorite at our house, I hope it’ll become one at yours too!

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20 Minute Cheesy Taco Skillet
 
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This 20 minute cheesy taco skillet is loaded with veggies, protein and fiber. It's a delicious low-carb meal that the entire family will love!
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Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef*
  • 1 packet McCormick Organic Taco Seasoning Mix
  • ½ c. tomato sauce
  • ¼ c. chicken broth or water
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 1½ c. shredded cheddar cheese (or a blend of cheddar and monterey jack)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 c. shredded lettuce

  • Optional garnishes:
  • Diced avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped cilantro
Directions
  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, sauté the onion, carrot and zucchini until soft. Push the vegetables to the edge of the pan and add the beef. Brown the meat for 3-4 minutes before adding the seasoning mix. Continue cooking the beef until cooked throughout.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, broth, black beans and tomatoes. Allow the mixture to simmer until the sauce thickens.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the top, cover with a tight fitting lid (or a large piece of aluminum foil) and remove from the heat. After about a minute or two, remove the lid and top with green onion and lettuce. Serve the skillet as a dip, use it as a taco or burrito filling, or as a nacho topping. Garnish with avocado, sour cream or cilantro, if desired.
Notes
*I used ground beef for this recipe, but ground chicken (or even turkey) would be just as delicious!


Recipe source: Life Made Simple

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