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taco skillet in a cast iron skillet with toppings

Taco Skillet

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Looking to change up taco night? This Taco Skillet is easily made in one pan and is on the table in 30 minutes. It’s a dinner the whole family will love.



  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 poblano chile, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups roughly crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings, such as diced tomatoes, lime wedges, cilantro, sour cream, etc (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Chile powder, smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring the whole time.
  3. Add the ground beef and continue to cook, breaking up the ground beef as it cooks. Cook until cooked through and no longer pink.
  4. Stir in the tomato and cook for an additional minute. Stir the tortilla chips into the mixture.
  5. Turn the heat off and top with the cheese. Immediately place a lid on the skillet and let it sit for a minute or two until the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve topped with your favorite taco toppings.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide. Nutrition information does not include toppings.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 469
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 497 mg
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 33 g
  • Cholesterol: 104 mg

Keywords: taco skillet, 30 minute meal, easy dinner