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Mexican Ground Beef Skillet

Looking for healthy ground beef recipes? Whether you make this on game day or eat it as a main meal, this Mexican Beef Skillet requires one pan only and only 40 minutes of your time!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutes
Fat 16 Carbs 28 Protein 27
Yield 4-6 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 2 large bell peppers, diced
  • 1 lb. 85% ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green chiles
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup quick-cooking brown rice (quick-cooking white rice works too!)
  • 1.5 cups beef broth (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Heat olive oil over medium/high heat in a large nonstick skillet*.
  2. When olive oil is fragrant, add garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Saute for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Then, move veggies to the side and add in ground beef. Saute ground beef for 7-9 minutes, or until fully cooked. Mix everything together in the pan.
  4. Once the beef is fully cooked, add taco seasoning, tomato sauce, green chiles, and black beans and cook for a few minutes. Then, add in quick-cooking rice and broth. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
  5. Once boiling, turn down to low and cover. Let simmer for around 20 minutes or until the rice has softened and absorbed the majority of the liquid.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top of skillet and either let melt naturally or pop it in the oven at 400ºF for a few minutes to fully melt cheese.
  7. Serve beef skillet with chips!

Tips & Notes

  • Skillet size: we used a 16-inch skillet, but if you use something smaller, just make sure it is deep enough. A dutch oven would work perfectly!
  • Nutrition information includes our homemade taco seasoning recipe.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 379 Sugar: 4 Fat: 16 Carbohydrates: 28 Fiber: 6 Protein: 27
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Main MealMethod: Stove-TopCuisine: Mexican

Keywords: ground beef skillet

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