Loaded Taco Skillet

Where did the weekend go? I swear I blinked and it was Sunday night.

Normally I don’t like to rush my weekends away, but I had been looking forward to Sunday night because I had a delicious dinner planned out. Truthfully, a few weekends ago I saw this Taco Skillet up on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (one of my all time favorite blogs), and I couldn’t make this fast enough! Thirty minutes, one pan, and all that cheese- what more could you ask for in a recipe?

FullSizeRender (3)

Recently I noticed that I feel more hungry throughout the day. I know I have plenty of protein in my diet, but my lunches were just not as filling and around 3:00, I’m reaching for a snack. Which isn’t a bad thing, but chances are, I have probably already eaten my afternoon snack! So I decided that I should try adding a few more servings of vegetables to my daily diet and see how that feels.

My good friend Andrew, who is a personal trainer and nutrition and life coach, recently made a blog post about easy ways to sneak in more vegetables in your diet. Some of his suggestions included:

  • Double the veggies on your sandwich
  • Always have “finger vegetables” available to snack on: baby carrots, baby cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, etc.
  • Throw veggies in your morning egg dish
  • Add vegetables to your blended protein shake
  • When making a stew, chili or soup, replace 1/2 the meat portion with cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and other veggies you like (I have a great beef stew recipe up and it’s loaded with veggies
  •  Use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles and replace half of your pasta noodles with the zucchini noodles ( I LOVE zucchini noodles!)

I loved the vegetable variety in Lexi’s dish.

  • Carrots
  • Red and/or Green Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini

This was a perfect example of some of my trainers tips.   My mission since has been to find more dishes where I can sneak in extra veggies like this!


I did add a little more seasoning to Lexi’s recipe because I felt that it wasn’t as “taco” flavored as it could be.  I think next time I make this I will mix the meat with a tiny bit of chorizo- stay tuned for the updated recipe.  Or if you test it out, let me know your thoughts!


This recipe is great served by itself or over cauliflower rice. I served mine over some cilantro and lime brown rice. YUM!


Loaded Taco Skillet


  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • cup shredded/shoestring carrots
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I mixed both red and green) 
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 TSP chili powder
  • 1 TSP smoked paprika
  • 1 TSP ground cumin
  • 1 TSP onion powder
  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 5 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 14.5 ounce can black beans
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat oil and add in minced garlic.
  2. Add in zucchini, peppers, carrots, jalapeno and onion and let cook for 3-5 minutes, until veggies begin to soften.
  3. Mix in ground beef
  4. Add in chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion power, cayenne, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly. Cook until meat is brown and no pink remains.
  5. Add in tomatoes, green chiles and black beans and mix to combine.  Reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add in spinach and mix until wilted.
  6. If adding cheddar cheese, sprinkle over the top and cover the skillet until cheese melts.
  7. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve hot

Recipe adapted from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s