Easy Beef Taco Skillet Recipe

This easy and versatile 30-minute beef taco skillet can be served a couple of ways. For a delicious main course, serve with shredded lettuce, salsa, chopped tomatoes, extra cheese, and some warm corn taco shells or large lettuce leaves for wrapping.

For a hearty appetizer, as shown here, serve with gluten-free tortilla chips and top with diced tomatoes, green onion, avocado, and extra cheese right before serving.


Beef Taco Skillet Recipe

Beef Taco Skillet Recipe

Easy Beef Taco Skillet

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 - 6


Taco Seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper*

The Remaining taco seasoning can be stored in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid for several months.


    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
    • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
    • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
    • 1 1/4 lbs ground beef (80% lean)
    • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
    • 1 10-oz.can fire-roasted tomatoes with green chilis, drained
    • 4 oz shredded Mexican-blend cheese (+ extra for serving or topping

    Optional, to Serve:

      For tacos: Taco shells or lettuce wraps, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, and/or extra cheese

        Fornachos: Gluten-free tortilla chips, diced tomatoes, sliced green onions, and/or avocado


          • Prepare the taco seasoning by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine and transfer to an airtight container. Set aside.  
          • Add olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. Add diced onion and garlic and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir to combine and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and develops some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.
          • Add beef to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully drain excess fat from skillet.
          • Add taco seasoning and fire-roasted tomatoes and green chilis and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently until tomatoes are heated through and the beef mixture is thoroughly coated in the taco seasoning, approximately 2-3 minutes. Taste, and add additional taco seasoning, if desired.
          • Remove from heat and top with shredded cheese. Cover for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately with desired accompaniments. Enjoy! 
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          Easy Beef Taco Skillet

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