Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet

This easy weeknight dinner is a mash up of two of my great childhood loves: beef tacos and cheesy Hamburger Helper. It’s full of rich chili and cumin-spiced Mexican flavor with a deliciously creamy factor. And to make it that much better, it’s made all in one skillet in 30 minutes. You can serve it with egg noodles, a la Hamburger Helper, serve it over rice, on top of salad, or set up a toppings bar with all your favorite taco fixins! It’s a total crowd pleaser no matter what you do.

How to Make It:

First, make a homemade taco seasoning blend with:
chili powder
smoked paprika
ground cumin
ground coriander
dried oregano
cayenne pepper

Next, saute onion and pepper in a large skillet until soft. Transfer the cooked veggies to a bowl, then brown a pound of ground beef in the skillet. Add a few cloves of minced garlic and stir until fragrant. Add the spice mixture, let cook for about a minute. Return the veggies to the skillet then stir in chicken broth, canned tomato sauce, and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let cook until thickened. Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until smooth and melted. Voila!

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5 from 7 votes

Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef taco recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 382kcal


Spice Mixture

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

Beef Taco Skillet

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), thinly sliced
  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese, grated (1/2 cup)


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all spice ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the sliced onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and return the skillet to heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up as it browns, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the spice mixture and stir to coat the beef crumbles, about 20 seconds. Return the cooked peppers and onions to the skillet and stir in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until smooth and melted. Serve with egg noodles or rice or your favorite taco fixings!


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3496IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 5mg


11 thoughts on “Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet

  1. Erin T

    5 stars
    Another winner Andie! I know I will making this again and again. We are keeping things low carb over here so I mixed in cauliflower rice before serving and it was a so good. Thank you!!

  2. Angel

    Holy chilli powder! I recommend not adding 2 tablespoons of chili powder, that’s all you can taste! I’m sure it would have been better if I had gone with my gut on this one about the chilli powder.

  3. AmberJ

    5 stars
    Hi, that cheesy beef look amazing !! We can literally eat tasty thinks and still be in a good shape :) It is always about fat burning. I’m very grateful that I stumbled upon your blog.
    My life has been transformed since I lost 41 lbs. It feels great to look in the mirror these days LOL.
    In my opinion, sometimes the easiest way is the best way. Like drinking Tonic for example.
    I had nothing to lose, so I tried this –> <– and thank God i did. I am very lazy person, so if I can do it,
    everybody can :)
    Btw, I love the content you have been posting on this Blog. Thanks, and good luck to all!!


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