One Dish Dinner: Taco Skillet

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I’m home, you guys.

Home for good. Never leaving again. No more vacations. No more work trips. No more planes and trains and automobiles.

I’m done tuckered out. I’ve been traveling and traveling and then traveling some more.

So, I’m home. And, you know, it’s kinda fabulous. Except for one little problem…the help! Or, rather, the lack of help. Where is the person who makes my bed? Where might I find the continental breakfast? I’m sorry, but does that toilet expect me to clean it or something? Why are the dirty dishes eyeballing me?

One Dish Dinner: Taco Skillet recipe

Yep. Back to reality.

To make the transition a little easier, I thought I’d whip up this quick and simple one dish skillet dinner. And, of course, I had to Mexify it. I mean, Mexican is my life. If I can add taco meat to a dish, Imma do it.

Your whole family is going to love this simple skillet dinner and you’ll love that you only have one skillet to clean!

One Dish Dinner: Taco Skillet recipe

One Dish Dinner: Taco Skillet recipe

One Dish Dinner: Taco Skillet recipePrint Recipe

Taco Skillet

This one dish dinner is sure to please both kids and adults! It cooks quickly in less than 30 minutes!

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound hash browns (I use the refrigerated kind, but frozen would work too)
1 handful grated cheddar cheese
1-2 cups Southwestern Slaw
1 avocado, sliced
salsa, for serving

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain the meat and return to the skillet with 1/4 cup of water and the taco seasoning. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Set meat aside.
Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel and add the oil to the skillet. Add the hash browns to the skillet and cook according to package directions.
After flipping the hash browns, add the meat and cheese to the top of the hash browns. Continue cooking until the hash browns are golden brown on bottom and the cheese has melted.
Remove from the heat and top with the slaw. Serve with avocado slices and salsa.

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37 Responses to “One Dish Dinner: Taco Skillet”

  1. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen June 17, 2013 @ 6:14 am (#
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    Mexican is my life toooooooooooooooo

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  2. Tieghan June 17, 2013 @ 6:36 am (#
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    I love taca anything, but this is just so easy! That makes is 100x better!

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  3. Mmmm – perfect for an easy dinner to ease back into reality after vacation ;) My husband and I just got back from a short vacation and it is always such a pain to be productive members of society again!

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  4. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen June 17, 2013 @ 7:30 am (#
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    I love one-dish dinners. They’re so easy and perfect for when you’re feeling lazy, like when you just get back from vacation.

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  5. Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 17, 2013 @ 7:46 am (#
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    Skillet meal own my heart right now. I love the Mexican theme as well

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  6. carrian June 17, 2013 @ 7:59 am (#
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    love this recipe. I’m totally pinning it for this crazy week. And amen, you mean I have to make my own food now? gah!

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  7. Kathy June 17, 2013 @ 8:38 am (#
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    This sounds too good! Love skillet dinners and the fact that it’s Mexican just takes it up a notch in my book!

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  8. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 17, 2013 @ 8:44 am (#
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    I want this sooo much! Such a fantastic and easy way to whip up a taco feast :)

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  9. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig June 17, 2013 @ 9:20 am (#
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    Ha…we Mexify everything over here too. Living in SoCal for 35 years definitely influenced my tastes. I love this…I mean love it!!! And hash browns…good idea. I know the kids would love that.

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  10. Cookbook Queen June 17, 2013 @ 9:22 am (#
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    LOVE one skillet meals!!

    And hello, I always need a vacation from vacations. Traveling? Exhausting.

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  11. Gloria @ Simply Gloria June 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am (#
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    Traveling is always exhausting…the prep to go and then the prep to undo all the prepping from the first prep… (it’s probably why I won’t fly to Hawaii again!)
    My youngest happened to be looking at these pics while I was reading your post and asked if I can make this for dinner tonight…so now we have a plan for dinner! Thank you Karly! Looks really delish!

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 8:01 am

      Yes! Vacations are so much work!

      Hope you guys enjoyed this! :)

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  12. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 17, 2013 @ 10:21 am (#
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    Yes PLEASE! This looks awesome, Karly!

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  13. Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 17, 2013 @ 10:50 am (#
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    OMG this is making me hungry. I know what you mean about never traveling again. Unless someone wants to send me to hawaii, I would totally go…

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 8:01 am

      Well, obviously, there are exceptions to every rule. ;)

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  14. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life June 17, 2013 @ 11:16 am (#
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    I am so kind of over traveling right now too! Then we had family here for a week, so nothing got done at the house. I have dirty floors, dishes, bathrooms all eyeballing me too…I think a maid sounds good right now. That way I could make some yummy taco skillet and just sit there while she does the dirty work!!!

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 8:00 am

      Yessss! Being lazy while someone else does the work is my favorite hobby!

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  15. Tahnycooks June 17, 2013 @ 12:21 pm (#
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    Someone to make my bed everyday, hmmmm…..dream come true! So is this dish!

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  16. Erin @ Table for 7 June 17, 2013 @ 12:47 pm (#
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    looks delicious Karly! perfect for my Mexican food-addiction!

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  17. nessa June 17, 2013 @ 3:33 pm (#
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    Yum! This looks terrific!

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  18. Joanne June 17, 2013 @ 3:51 pm (#
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    All I really need is a magic person to come do my dishes…then I’d be set for life. One dish dinners like this DEFINITELY help though!

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 7:59 am

      For serious. If you find that magic person, send her my way, too!

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  19. sally @ sallys baking addiction June 17, 2013 @ 7:14 pm (#
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    Welcome home my friend! :) This super quick skillet meal looks amazing and I’d love coming home to it. Sometimes Kevin makes the bed. But only when I get mad at him for never helping lol.

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 7:59 am

      That’s the way Chad works too. He is apparently motivated by my whining and complaining. ;)

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  20. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 17, 2013 @ 10:06 pm (#
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    I think I’m in love with you, Karly. Mexican is my favorite. As in, we eat it 2 to 3 times a week favorite. AND, since my dishwasher decided to start leaking all over my hardwood floors, one-dish (little clean-up) meals are right up my alley.

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 7:58 am

      Eek! Leaky dishwashers are no fun at all!

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  21. Becky in MO June 18, 2013 @ 4:32 am (#
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    This looks so good and so easy with it being done in one skillet. That’s my kind of food. I just recently found your blog and I just wanted to let you know that I have really enjoyed reading it and trying out your gorgeous food on my unsuspecting family (no complaints by the way). I look forward to a long, happy relationship with you & your blog.

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    • Karly replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 7:58 am

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment! :)

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  22. I have that same problem here! Where did the room/maid service go? Ha ha ha!!! Well I’ll say that you have it right with this one dish skillet! Love it!

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  23. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 18, 2013 @ 2:13 pm (#
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    Yum! This looks so good. We love Mexican in my house and this would be a great new dish to try!

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  24. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 18, 2013 @ 7:24 pm (#
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    That is absolutely delish! Tacos in a skillet is perfection.

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  25. Pretty much taco anything is golden in my book and one of my fallbacks for nights when I am super busy and don’t feel like fussing. Never added hashbrowns though! Thanks for the idea!

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  26. Heather @ French Press June 19, 2013 @ 11:03 am (#
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    we LOVE our Mexican too! what a great one dish dinner

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  27. Pinned! Can’t wait to make this one. Just wish I had the stuff in my house to make it for dinner tonight.

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  28. Sherrie Park September 17, 2013 @ 8:12 pm (#
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    This meal was amazing! I can’t believe how easy it was AND my family loved it!

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  29. Maggie March 28, 2014 @ 9:21 am (#
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    I will try the this meal. It seems really delicious and simple, however, is it possible to get the calories, cholesterol etc.? Thank you

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    • Karly replied: — March 29th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

      @Maggie,

      There are lots of nutrition calculators online if you google for one. You’ll just have to input the recipe and it will calculate the nutrition.

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