Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet is a simple, one-dish, meal that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. There’s no chopping, or dicing, to prepare this recipe. I must confess, though. I did opt to serve it with a salad on the side, so I did some chopping while everything came to a boil and simmered on the stove. Taco skillet was a big hit with our family, and I already have a request to make it again. That’s okay with me because I need to test this recipe for Taco Skillet one more time before I click publish.

Taco Skillet

This was not the first attempt at this recipe. I had made it a couple of times before. The first version was bland. The second version was too runny and had to be eaten with a spoon. Finally, I declared success when the family had no complaints or comments about this version of Taco Skillet. They were too busy eating to comment. In fact, Bus Boy, our pickiest eater, had seconds. I wasn’t even sure he would try a first course, but he devoured the first serving and went back for seconds. That’s what I consider a win.

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One reason that I think that this version might have been successful was because the taco seasoning mixture that I used was supposed to be combined with the meat and 3/4 cup of water. I didn’t add the water because I was adding all of the other liquids to the recipe (soup, canned tomatoes, etc.) At any rate, I was very pleased that I could cut out sections of the taco skillet rather than spooning it into a bowl.

Taco Skillet

Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • Condensed Tomato Soup
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Corn Tortillas

From the Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Ground Beef
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese of Choice (Cheddar, Jack, or a combination)
Taco Skillet- a one dish meal

This meal is reminiscent of hamburger helper, but it tastes better. I love that it’s prepared all in one pan, so the mess is minimal. This can be served with a salad or a vegetable on the side.

Taco Skillet

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Taco Skillet

This is a one dish meal made from ground beef and some leftover corn tortillas. I have mad several variations on this recipe, but this one was the winner. Simple, delicious, and it only dirties one pan. The total cost of this recipe is $7.78 or about $1.30 per serving.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 466 kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning (enough for 1 pound of beef)
  • 1 (10 oz) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup water (to rinse out soup can)
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8 large corn tortillas cut into 1 – 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 cup grated cheese cheddar, jack, or a combination.


  • Brown ground beef in skillet.
  • Add taco seasoning packet to meat and mix well, omitting any water called for on the packet.
  • Add tomato soup, and diced tomatoes with green chilis.
  • Place 1/4 cup of water into tomato soup can and swirl it around to remove all of the tomato soup.
  • Pour water from tomato soup can into meat mixture.
  • Stir well until everything is mixed together.
  • Bring Mixture to a boil.
  • Add sour cream to pan and mix well.
  • Add tortilla pieces to pot and mix well to thoroughly incorporate.
  • Bring mixture to a boil again.
  • Reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Top with cheese, and cover pan with a lid.
  • Allow cheese to melt in covered pan over very low heat. (About 5 to 10 minutes)
  • Remove pan from heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. (This allows mixture to thicken, so it's not a runny mess.)
  • Serve.
Keyword ,taco seasoning, cheddar cheese, corn tortillas, diced tomatoes with green chilis, ground beef, skillet meal, tomato soup,

The following nutrition information is for one serving (1/6th) of Taco Skillet prepared according to the recipe above.

Taco Skillet

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