One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet– this easy, delicious, veggie packed meal is quick and great for a budget- as well as a low carb diet! 

Updated 1/29/2016- check out the easy to follow video and new photos from this reader favorite!

Cheesy Taco Skillets- these are gluten free, can be cooked in one pan, and are packed with veggies!

Nothing gets our family to gather around a table faster than two things- tacos and cheese.

Mention either one, and we’re ready for a feast!

For us, quick, hearty, and secretly-packed-with-veggies meals are our go to options- and this Cheesy Taco Skillet is one that doesn’t disappoint!


one pot cheesy taco skillet - low carb and so delicious!


I first got the idea for taco skillets from Melissa at Number 2 Pencil- she is the queen of one pot meals! Her One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls kind of spurred on this take- because how good do these look?


My take has ground beef, peppers, onions, green onions- and we’re sneaking in some spinach for an extra nutritional hit!

I mean, just check out this profile!!! Under 13 carbs and 350 calories per serving! Plus you’re getting tons of vegetables in each serving- perfect for a hearty, healthy dinner!


And thanks to a heaping dose of cheese, it doesn’t taste like diet food at all.

cheesy taco skillet- look at what a great option this is for low carb dinners!

This recipe is incredibly low carb- but you can also reduce the calories by using ground chicken or turkey meat, and using a skim cheese like mozzarella (though I am a proponent of full fat, gooey cheese!).


This low carb cheesy taco skillet is our favorite family dinner!


I left the baby kale mix I used unchopped so you can see it in the photos- but if you have picky eater kids, be sure to chop it up. They will never knew what hit them! You could also swap it out for spinach, or just leave it out.

I also love to chop up zucchini and browning it with my beef- it browns really nicely and takes on the meaty flavor – without adding many calories!


Cheesy taco skillets- this recipe is our family's favorite!


I like to serve this meal over a bed of lettuce or greens- like a Chipotle Burrito Bowl- but you can also add it over rice or dump it in a taco or burrito, too!

And if you’re looking for an even easier and healthier version, check out this Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowl recipe!


Under 220 calories per serving- these slow cooker chicken tacos are so delicious!

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet- this easy, delicious, veggie packed meal is quick and great for a budget- as well as a low carb diet!
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 12 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1-2 large zucchinis, diced
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 3 cups baby kale/spinach mixture (this sounds like a lot- it cooks down to a small amount), optional
  • 1½ cup shredded cheddar and jack cheese
  • green onions, to garnish
  1. In a large pan, lightly brown ground beef and crumble well.
  2. Drain excess fat.
  3. Add onions and peppers, and cook until browned.
  4. Add canned tomatoes, taco seasoning, and any water needed for taco seasoning to evenly coat mixture (up to 1 tbsp- the liquid from the tomatoes will help)
  5. Add greens and let fully wilt.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Cover with shredded cheese, and let cheese melt - about five minutes (sometimes it helps to cover the pan with a lid to melt the cheese faster.)
  8. When cheese is melted, serve over a bed of lettuce, rice, or in a taco or burrito!
  9. Garnish with green onions if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 343g Calories: 330 Fat: 14.2 Saturated fat: 7.6 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 12.9 Sugar: 5.8 Fiber: 3.5 Protein: 36.8


1 pot cheesy taco skillet- this low carb skillet dinner is so good over salad, in a burrito, or on it's own! This one pot cheesy taco skillet is my favorite low carb meal!

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40 thoughts on “One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet”

  1. what a great recipe. it looks like we will be having mexican tonight. have already wrote the ingredients down…i hope it is as mouthwatering as it looks. thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for a great recipe! I added eggplant instead of zucchini. Eggplant is easier to find here on Guam.
    The final test? My husband loved it! Yeah me!

  3. I made this tonight & it was so good! Everyone loved it. I used 3 tbsp of homemade seasoning & 1/2 zucchini with 1 pepper. It was great!

  4. Hi, has anyone tried to make this the night before and reheat for dinner the next day. I work weird shifts and was hoping this would make a good make ahead recipe.

  5. Awesome recipe! My husband and i love it. Quick question. How are your carbs so low? When i calculate it out mine are almost double. What brand of tomatoes are you using? Thanks so much!

  6. Question: recipe says 2 green bell peppers, But video shows Zucchini? so is it a misprint in the recipe portion? Just curious.

    1. Danielle- you can make it with either. There’s a note in the recipe that you an use whatever you prefer or have on hand- there are diced peppers in the video but they are hard to spot! It sounds weird, but I like to “cut” my ground beef with finely diced zucchini- it browns up nicely and has a good texture, and it’s a great way to trick my family into eating another veggie 🙂

    1. Alyx- you can freeze them, but the veggies (minus onions) might get mushy when re-heating. If you don’t mind that, it will still taste great- but I’d suggest making big batches of the meat and onions, and then freeze them in individual sizes to heat up with freshly sautéed veggies.

  7. Ladies, did you use a whole packet of prepared taco seasoning? Or for those who made their own (great job!!), what measurement did you use/add?

    1. Ali,

      You can use a whole package— or about two tablespoons of homemade seasoning. Of course, some of it will depend on if you like more or less spices. I always like to add a little cayenne pepper onto the dish to make it a touch spicier 🙂

  8. I tried this recipe and it is amazing. I made my own taco seasoning that is carb friendly and used one red and one green bell pepper. Instead of rotel I used diced tomatoes and a can of green chilies. I would highly recommend this recipe. I used a serving of brown rice but you could use cauliflower rice too if you are needing less carbs. It wouldn’t let me rate this but I give it 5 stars.

    1. By making your own taco seasoning you reduce the salt and have more control over the heat of the spice. We tried this as part of a taco salad, with rinsed warmed black beans in the base of the salad. For our dairy free friend, we eliminated the cheese in his portion of this recipe as well as in the taco salad. He would not have thought this was that great if not in the salad for more textures. The cheese is half of what makes this a great recipe. and we have to get creative for our lactose intolerant friend, so he doesn’t feel left out or a burden to cook for. Then he just eats the cheese and pays for it later.

  9. Thank you so much, this was delicious and easy! I forgot to buy taco seasoning so I had to make my own but other then that I followed the recipe to a tee. We are a low carb family so I served this topped with sour cream along side a salad and everyone loved it. I will definitely be making this many more times! Yummy.

  10. This is absolutely delicious!! I made it with ground turkey and half kale/half spinach. It’s spicy (my taco seasoning is quite spicy), savory, cheesy, and I don’t feel horribly guilty and stuffed after eating it. We spooned it into taco shells and topped with guacamole. Such a great, easy, adaptable dinner that’s great for weeknights. My sister is paleo and she loved it! Thanks for great recipe – can’t wait to make it again.

  11. Courtney! I have to tell you, I have made this recipe THREE TIMES for my husband since you linked it up a couple weeks ago at Found & Foraged. This one is off the chain! I love it!

  12. Your pictures are making my mouth water!! Looks so good! We are obsessed with tacos around here so I know we will love this and it’s one pot! Can’t beat it. Pinned and shared! 😉

  13. nom nom nom! check out that cheese baby! Your cheese taco skillet looks delish and just the dish to put out for a quick supper! thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  14. This looks so tasty and cheesy. I love that it is low carb as I am always looking for ways to reduce the carbs in my everyday meals.

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