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Cheesy Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

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This ground turkey taco skillet has so much going for it! It’s incredibly tasty – we’ve got classic taco flavors, a healthy dose of cheese, and even a few veggies thrown in there, plus it’s ready in just 15 minutes, making this easy taco skillet dinner a great weeknight dinner option. My black bean, corn and avocado salad is a similar (but vegetarian and no-cook) dipper dinner option. And this walking taco casserole is a ground beef version that is baked and served with toppings.

Once I started working on activity night meals (aka 15 minute meals) for the Weeknight Dinner Club, I started getting more and more requests for them and I understand why! If you need more fast and easy dinners, be sure to try my sheet pan grilled cheese, ground turkey lettuce wraps, turkey pesto panini, or pesto tortellini next time.

Bowl with taco skillet and toppings

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What You’ll Love About this Taco Skillet Dinner

  • DIY, customizable meal perfect for families
  • Filling and satisfying meal
  • Super delicious with cheesy taco flavors
  • Good source of protein and fiber
  • Just 8 minutes prep time
  • Just 15 minutes total time

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Ingredients

You’ll need 8 basic ingredients to make this cheesy taco skillet – plus whatever you’ll serve it with:

  • Onion – I used a white onion, but you can use a yellow or red onion as well.
  • Pepper – I used a red bell pepper, but you can also use yellow or green bell pepper as well. Or if you are using mini bell peppers for scooping, just use a few of those.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor or frozen garlic cubes for a quick shortcut.
  • Ground turkey – I’ve used ground turkey, but you could also use ground chicken, ground beef, ground pork, or your favorite ground meat alternative.
  • Taco seasoningI’ve used a pre-made taco seasoning to save time, but you can also use a homemade blend (sea salt, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper are typical ingredients) if you prefer.
  • Black beansWe are big fans of black beans so that’s what we used, but pinto beans would also be delicious.
  • CornI used frozen corn, but you could also use drained and rinsed canned corn, or even fresh corn if you prefer.
  • CheeseI recommend shredded sharp cheddar for quickest cook time and best flavor, but any shredded cheese that would melt works. Monterey jack, pepper jack, or white cheddar would all be delicious.
  • For serving – Cilantro, green onions, diced avocado, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, mini bell peppers
Ingredients to make turkey taco skillet dinner recipe

How to Make Turkey Taco Skillet

Let’s make this cheesy turkey taco skillet:

  • Saute veggies and meat. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, pepper, ground turkey, and taco seasoning to skillet and cook. Stir occasionally, for a few minutes.
turkey taco meat in skillet
  • Add remaining skillet ingredients. Stir garlic, beans, and corn into turkey mixture. Cover and simmer for another few minutes.
Corn and bean going into taco skillet

TIP: Prep any toppings or serving ingredients while turkey cooks.

  • Finish skillet. Remove from heat and stir cheese into turkey mixture until it has melted.
Taco skillet with corn and beans and cheese
  • Serve. Serve one pan taco skillet with plenty of toppings and tortilla chips and mini bell peppers for serving.
Taco skillet with fresh toppings

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover taco turkey skillet in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat turkey mixture in the microwave or a hot skillet until warmed through.

Can you freeze this skillet taco recipe?

You can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for 2-3 months.

How to Serve Taco Skillet Dinner to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

Serve this healthy taco skillet with plenty of toppings and serving options so that everyone can build their own perfect meal. You could also serve with rice or air fryer mini tacos and then the standard options if your kids might be hesitant on the main dish – milk, fruit, and bread.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Bowl of turkey taco skillet dinner with fresh toppings

What to Serve with Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

I love just scooping this up as a hearty dip, but you can really serve it so many ways:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Mini bell peppers
  • Celery sticks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Rice or cauliflower rice
  • Tortillas
  • Cheese quesadillas

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Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

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Description

This ground turkey taco skillet dinner has all of the cheesy taco flavors you love in a fun, scoop-able meal that the whole family will love.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 oz. packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

For Serving:

  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • salsa or hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips
  • mini bell peppers

Instructions

  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Dice onion.
    Dice bell pepper.
    Mince garlic.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, pepper, ground turkey, and taco seasoning to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, beans, and corn to skillet. Cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile turkey skillet is cooking, prep any toppings and/or bell peppers for scooping.
  5. Stir cheese into turkey mixture until it melts and serve with tortilla chips, bell peppers, and  desired toppings.

Keywords: turkey taco skillet, ground turkey taco skillet, taco skillet dinner

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