One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

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! Makes its own delicious meaty sauce that makes this easy skillet incredibly satisfying and versatile! 

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

Low Carb Taco Skillet With Cheese

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

Mention either one, and my family is ready for a feast!

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

We are often trying out low-carb diets, which can be a bit tricky to stay happy and satisfied on – but these cheesy taco skillets are packed with meaty, hearty flavor that work well to keep us motivated!


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 don’t have them in the recipe video for these skillets, but adding sliced mushrooms is another awesome addition to this taco skillet that we’ve been adding lately and really, really enjoying!

It’s a sort of one pot taco burrito bowl that is low carb – for a low carb keto taco skillet that will work on a number of special diets!

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 One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet 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!).

I also have an incredibly hearty and delicious meaty version of this – that is COMPLETELY vegan!

I know that sounds hard, but it is so good – and deceptively simple!

Get my Meaty Vegan Taco Skillet Recipe here. 


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


One Pot Taco Skillet Vegetable Swap Ideas

-8 oz sliced or chopped cremini mushrooms help to boost the meaty skillet flavor and are a great low carb, low calorie option!

-Fresh roasted green chiles make an exceptional addition for a spicy, smoky kick!

-Canned ro-tel diced tomatoes with spices are a great extra flavorful addition instead of plain diced tomatoes. Alternatively, cherry tomatoes or fresh hothouse or roma tomatoes, diced, give a ton of fresh flavor!

-Diced beet greens or arugula are lovely, slightly peppery substitutes to kale or spinach.

-Fresh shredded carrots mixed with pickled jalapenos makes an awesome topper when the skillet is done – similar to fresh carrot and jalapeno salsa from a mexican restaurant.

-Turnips, squash, sweet potatoes, and other root veggies, when shredded or diced into small bites, make an awesome addition if you’re not watching starches or carbs!


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

Tips to Make The Perfect Skillet Taco Burrito Bowls

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!

-For this recipe, you want to cook as high enough as you can without burning anything. Since there are so many variations to stovetops, pan choices, and how much moisture is in your veggies and meat, this will vary per person. Keep the pan hot, without burning – on whatever setting that represents on your stove.

-Don’t drain off excess liquid from the breakdown of the vegetables. When you add the taco seasonings, this will help to create a deliciously rich and meaty sauce that packs a huge punch of flavor!

-Don’t rush the cooktime on the vegetables. Getting a nicely browned veggie is crucial for flavor development!

-If making in a slow cooker, pre-brown the meat, or check on it frequently while meat is browning – or you’ll have a giant lump of meat not too unlike clumps of oddly shaped meatloaf, and less like tacos.


Other Easy One Pot Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this easy cheesy skillet, be sure to check out some of my other favorite everyday extravagant recipes that are done in no time! Click the videos to watch me make each recipe, and click the link below to get each printable recipe so you can make them at home too!


Cheesy Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

Creamy Shrimp Florentine

10 Minute Broiled Lobster Tails



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



One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet Recipe

Please click to watch my video of this recipe below:

4.3 from 3 reviews
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!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 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 vegetables, 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!




Quick and easy cheesy taco skillet- this gluten free dinner is delicious and perfect for families!Cheesy Taco Skillet- a delicious, family ready one pot meal!



55 thoughts on “One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet”

  1. Hi! I commented last week with some critcisms. Good to see that you removed the comment and didn’t update your recipe to be better! How annoying! Good to know, though, when all the comments are rave, that they are biased and modified. Thanks for alerting me to how you run your site!

    1. Hey Louise,

      I actually just got to your comment, and had just published it before I saw this comment.

      While this site is my full time job, I am also a work from home mom with two early elementary school aged kids home for the summer. Comments sadly are something I can’t get to as fast as I’d like while managing them and the million other behind the scenes part of this site and my social media accounts.

      I never modify comments (save not publishing a few that are super insulting to read, and those that are just spammers adding links to sites that aren’t PG (if you get what I mean)) – and I’m sure if you poke around you can find plenty of comments that aren’t 100% glowing. Not everyone likes certain foods, certain preparations, etc. I am just sharing the stuff that I’ve made at home and works for me and my family – I am not really bothered when something isn’t someone else’s cup of tea, because I know that everyone has different tastes and it’s not anything personal to me. I’ve also had commenters let me know something got left off (especially with older recipes – which were all converted from an old plugin I used to make my recipes print-able and had some get super glitchy) – and I always appreciate their feedback, even though I can’t always get to it right away.

    2. If you were paying to get access to this site your comments would perhaps be valid. If you find a recipe that you don’t like just move on to another recipe or another site. You certainly do not understand all of the work that goes into running a site and also managing a household and children and on top of that working out of the house.

      You should be ashamed for your rude comments. But that is just my opinion

      1. Preach it, Pam! Honestly, I think a lot of people don’t realize that most site owners are moms and not a major corporation. Yes, this is my full-time job and it is an awesome one at that – but it is a ton of work! Thankfully I don’t really care if people say something negative, it’s just a recipe and not everyone likes everything 🙂

  2. Was really tasty but the actual recipe instructions are lacking. Zucchini listed as an ingredient but was left out of cooking instructions. No temperature/level of heat for stove listed. Didn’t give you times of cook length. Actual final product delicious, tho!

    1. Hi Louise, there’s a part that says to add the veggies – that’s where to go ahead and add the peppers, onions, and zucchini. As far as cooking time, I had a note about cooking temps above in the article text – it really varies. I used to have medium high listed in the instructions itself, but too many people emailed me that it burned on medium high – and some said it wasn’t hot enough. So now I just have a note above stating to put it at whatever setting keeps things very hot, but not burning, since there seemed to have been confusion!

    1. Evony, since I used an online calorie count program, I can’t verify the accuracy of the nutritional information – it is just a guide for people to use to investigate further.

  3. Any idea what the nutritional info would be if I switch to ground turkey? Tracking my food on My Fitness.

  4. What is considered a serving size? I see it saids 343g but that seems like a lot to me and I don’t think I’d have enough for 6 servings

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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! 😉

  17. 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!

  18. 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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