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One Pan Ground Beef Taco Skillet – Budget Friendly | 30 Minutes


Craving tacos but short on time and dishes? This One-Pan Ground Beef Taco Skillet is your new weeknight savior! Packed with flavor and ready in just 30 minutes, this recipe is perfect for busy families or anyone looking for a quick and easy meal. Plus, it's budget-friendly, relying on simple ingredients that won't break the bank.

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Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total Time: 30 mins
Cooking Temp 350  °F
Servings 4
Calories 610
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Looking for a quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner that won't break the bank? Look no further than this One Pan Ground Beef Taco Skillet! This recipe is packed with flavor and comes together in just 30 minutes. Plus, it's super budget-friendly, making it a perfect choice for families or anyone on a tight budget.

  • 1 pound Medium ground beef
  • 1 Olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 Chopped onion (I use red, but use the onion of your choice.)
  • 3 cloves Chopped garlic
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hot pepper flakes
  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 1 Can of black beans, drained and rinsed. (15 oz)
  • 1 Beef broth
  • 3 Wide egg noodles (You can also use the pasta of your choice.)
  • 1 Tex Mex cheese
  • 2 Chopped parsley for garnish (You can also use cilantro.)
  1. Add the oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add in the ground beef, chop it up, and fry until cooked through and brown. 

  2. Add in the onion and garlic. Stir and sauté for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Place the bell pepper in. Continue to stir and fry until the pepper begins to tenderize. Add in the salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and pepper flakes. Stir and fry until the seasoning coats the meat and activates. 

  3. Pour in the tomatoes, beans, and beef broth. Gently stir everything together and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add in the noodles and mix. Cover and allow to simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes until the noodles are cooked through. 

  4. Plate and spread some cheese over the top. Garnish with parsley. Serve and enjoy your One Pan Ground Beef Taco Skillet!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 610kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 11g56%
Cholesterol 82mg28%
Sodium 1182mg50%
Potassium 655mg19%
Total Carbohydrate 36g12%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 8.2g
Protein 24.5g49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


Spicier Skillet:

  • For a kick of heat, add diced jalapenos along with the ground beef. Start with one jalapeno and adjust based on your spice preference. You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the spice mix.

Vegetarian Option:

  • Substitute ground beef with lentils or crumbled tofu for a vegetarian version. If using lentils, cook them according to package instructions before adding them to the skillet. To use tofu, crumble it and saute it with a tablespoon of soy sauce and a teaspoon of cornstarch until slightly browned and crispy.

Leftovers and Storage:

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave until warmed through.
  • Leftovers can also be used for lunch the next day. Serve over a bed of lettuce for a taco salad, or stuff it into a burrito or taco shell.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Get creative with your toppings! Here are some ideas: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, diced avocado, cilantro, lime wedges, hot sauce.
  • Serve the skillet with a side of rice, quinoa, or tortilla chips.
  • For a fun twist, serve the taco mixture in lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.

Additional Tips:

  • If using frozen vegetables, there's no need to thaw them beforehand. Simply add them to the skillet frozen and increase the cooking time by a few minutes.
  • If your bell peppers are large, you may want to chop them into smaller pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables to the skillet, such as chopped onions, zucchini, or mushrooms.
  • To make this recipe even faster, use pre-cooked brown rice instead of cooking it in the pan.
Keywords: Ground Beef, Taco Seasoning, 30 Minute Dinner, Midweek Meals, Taco Ground Beef, Bell Peppers, Black Beans
David Hood
A Food Blogger

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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