Entrées, Food

Easy One-Pan Taco Skillet

Dairy-free*, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Ketogenic, Nut-free, Paleo*

Updated March 8, 2020
Read Time: 3.9 minutes

taco skillet with cheese, tomatoes and cilantro

Looking for an easy, flavorful Mexican-themed meal idea for a busy weeknight? Look no further! All you need to do to make this one-pan taco skillet is chop, stir, and serve.

This recipe features two interesting ingredients: garlic scapes and limes. (Don’t worry, if you don’t have garlic scapes that’s fine – you can substitute garlic cloves for garlic scapes.)

What is a garlic scape? If you’ve never heard of garlic scapes, you’re not alone. I’d never heard of them or seen them before until this summer when my dad dropped a bag of them off on our doorstep. I’ve since learned that certain varieties of garlic plants don’t produce flowers. Instead, they sprout flower stalks, which are known as garlic scapes. These scapes taste like garlic, and when they are removed, they cause the garlic bulb to develop a more concentrated flavor.

Where can you buy garlic scapes? Depending on the time of year, you should be able to find them at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. But, like I said, if you can’t find them, don’t worry. Garlic cloves make a great substitute for scapes.

How spicy is this recipe? This taco skillet is mild, so if you’d turn up the heat and make this a spicy taco skillet recipe, feel free to add some additional cayenne powder, chili powder, or red pepper flakes. We topped ours with aged grass-fed cheddar cheese, but if you’re Paleo or don’t eat dairy, feel free to leave it out.

How to Serve a Taco Skillet

There are endless ways to serve this taco skillet. You could:

  • Serve over, or with, a salad for a low-carb lunch or dinner
  • Add a couple wraps to your shopping list and make some taco burritos
  • Fill a bowl with taco filling and grab some tortilla chips for scooping
  • Serve with a side of Mexican-spiced rice and beans
  • Or…buy some taco shells and shredded lettuce and actually make tacos!
taco skillet with summer squash, peppers, tomatoes and onion

Easy One-Pan Taco Skillet Recipe

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1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 summer squash, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
3 garlic scapes or cloves, chopped
3 TBS lime juice
2 TBS paprika
1 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh cilantro, to taste


Brown beef over medium heat. Add in remaining ingredients, except for cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Cook over medium heat and stir regularly to ensure everything cooks evenly. When veggies are tender, top with cheese, tomatoes and cilantro.

Serve with a salad or tortilla chips

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