When it’s Taco Tuesday and you’re short on time these skillet beef tacos come together in a flash. This cheesy taco recipe is easy and full of flavor in every bite.
Check out the video to see how this recipe is made:
It might not be the typical taco recipe you’d find in the Taco Tuesday Cookbook but it’s meaty and cheesy, and my family absolutely loves it. If you aren’t following along already, go ahead and do yourself a major favor and subscribe to my Youtube channel as we celebrate Taco Tuesday all year long! Yes, that means 52 taco recipes.
How are Skillet Beef Tacos Different Than Regular Beef Tacos?
With this version of beef tacos, the flavors get a chance to mingle and the cheese melts through making this meal an instant favorite. It also has a secret ingredient, spinach! By cooking your spinach into the meat and covering with cheese, it adds a little “extra” nutrition to an otherwise normal meal.
It’s also a lifesaver when you plan on Taco Tuesday but forgot the tortillas… how do you think I came up with this meal the first time?
Best Cut of Beef to Use for Tacos
Ground beef is by far the easiest cut of meat to use for taco night, it’s easy and fast to cook plus leftovers are open for nachos, burrito bowls, or taco pasta salad.
Why These Beef Tacos Make a Quicker Weeknight Meal
Since it comes together in a single skillet, I typically serve it straight from the skillet at the table. Everyone loves to dig in right from the pan –family style.
For me, as a busy mom, the biggest winner of the dish isn’t just that my family loves it, but the simplicity and how quickly it comes together. And dishes? Well, it’s just a skillet and whatever we eat on. Easiest clean up ever!
Best Ground Beef Taco Recipe
Easy, simple, meaty, cheesy, do I dare to call it the best ground beef taco recipe?
I’ll leave it up to you but all I know is I love having a versatile meal that everyone in the family loves. It’s the best part of a taco, the filling, in one skillet! You can serve it on a bed of tortilla chips or for a lighter version, salad greens just make sure to pile on the toppings!
Favorite Toppings for Skillet Beef Tacos
I’m a sucker for the classic Beef Taco toppings like:
I’ve got taco recipes for the whole year waiting for you in the Taco Tuesday Cookbook and while each are easy and delicious I do have my favorites.
Korean Beef Tacos and Quick Carne Asada are both made in the one skillet and always a crowd pleaser but the Mexican Short Rib Tacos, these babies are killer! Cooked in the slow cooker, the meat just falls off the bone and melts my heart.
3 cups baby spinach, pre-washed and coarsely chopped
1 1⁄2 cup shredded cheese, like Mexican blend, Cheddar or Monterrey Jack
1/2 cup sliced black olives
Avocado, sour cream, and additional salsa for serving
Shredded romaine lettuce
Corn chips for serving, optional
On a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm up oil. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes until it begins to soften. Add meat, diced bell peppers, and taco seasoning. Continue to cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, for about 5-7 minutes until it’s cooked through.
Add fresh salsa and spinach, stir to combine and heat through. Turn off heat, sprinkle shredded cheese and black olives over meat mixture. Cover, and gather remaining garnishing ingredients.
Create a bed of shredded Romaine lettuce on a plate, scoop a serving of the mixture, top with desired toppings and serve.
I love the versatility of recipes like my Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas, where one meal can be presented in a variety of ways. With that particular recipe, of course, serving the pork carnitas as tacos were the most obvious way, and today I’m excited to share another fun version.
Is anyone else obsessed with Asian Chicken Salad as much as I am? Well, you are in luck. I’ve upgraded my favorite recipe into Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups! That’s right, your favorite salad to chew has now become a hand-held meal.
Are you looking for a fresh, full-of-flavor, twist to a classic salad that will make mealtime vibrant? These Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups will give your taste buds a kick and brighten up your plate at the same time with all the Mediterranean flavors we love in a single cup.
Have dinner ready in 15 minutes with these Taco Stuffed Lettuce Cups! Full of classic taco flavor, this is a gluten and grain free meal everyone will love.
If you can’t tell already, my family loves tacos. What’s not to love? All sorts of delicious ingredients stuffed inside a tortilla and seasoned with my homemade taco seasoning which makes anything delicious. We also love these easy crockpot chicken tacos and these meatless chickpea tacos when we want something different. No matter what the filling might be, tacos are always a fun family meal.
Many of you know that I’m a recovering short order cook. That means, that I used to make multiple meals for my family because our kids didn’t want to eat the same things. But, a few years ago, I decided to stop that and made the decision to only make one recipe for the entire family instead. And tacos are always a winner with the kids.
Since I know my kids will eat tacos, it’s a dinner I cook often. Two out of my three don’t eat these in a lettuce cup and you know what? It’s ok. Essentially we are eating the same meal and all I’m doing is changing out the serving vessel. I’m able to slowly introduce them to new foods, like chickpeas, pork, because they think everything is chicken, and even squash.
What I like about tacos is that I’m able to slowly introduce them to new foods, while still giving them a meal they will eat. It’s a win for everyone.
I bet you already have most of the ingredients for these tacos. Dinner tonight, anyone? All you need is some meat, veggies, and toppings. It’s the recipe I automatically think of when we get home at 6:30 with nothing ready for dinner. In 15 minutes, a fresh and healthy dinner will be served and everyone will be happy.
Another great thing about taco night is that everyone can build their own tacos. Put out all your family’s favorite toppings in bowls on the counter and let your kids pile on anything they want. My family especially loves avocado, salsa, and cheese. Watch how easy these are to make.
Plus, they’re also great for entertaining! Simply double or even triple the recipe to please the whole crowd for taco night. This meal also packs perfectly inside of a lunchbox. Either store the built taco at room temperature or keep the toppings in a separate container and build your own tacos when you’re ready to dig in.
In those “OMG what am I going to make for dinner” moments, I hope you think of this recipe and whip it up for your family. I know everyone will love it!
What is your go-to dinner recipe when you’re crunched for time?
Shredded Mexican cheese, chunky salsa, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, lime wedges, for garnishing and serving
On alarge skilletover medium-high heat, warm up oil. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes until it begins to soften. Add meat and garlic; season with salt and taco seasoning. Continue to cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, for about 5-7 minutes until it’s cooked through. Turn off heat, cover, and gather remaining garnishing ingredients.
Plate 1-2 lettuce cups on a plate, fill with beef mixture, and top with favorite toppings and garnishes.
The one meal I love to order when I travel to New York City? Honey Chicken Lettuce Cups from a small Asian restaurant a few blocks away from my hotel. They are so delicious that I’ve been known to frequent twice in a couple of days.