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It’s been a hectic week over here at our house, and I can’t tell you how ready I am for the weekend.

I’m really going to try and relax a little bit… but knowing me, I’ll wake up from a daze and catch myself doing more work, perpetually caught up in the “I’ll just finish this one last thing…” cycle. I guess that’s the cost of liking what you do for a living.

No rest for the weary!

But there are parts of my “job” that can be easy, too. A busy week for me means that I’m pressed for time to make dinner, and when I’m pressed for time it means I start brainstorming the best way to whip up a recipe that can be cooked from start to finish in one pan.

And who doesn’t love that?

There’s nothing easier (or better after a long day) than a full flavored dish that doesn’t create a mess or leave you feeling like you just finished running a marathon. After how this week has been, no matter how much I secretly love it, I just wanted something simple that I could enjoy without having to overthink it too much.

And I totally nailed it.

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com

This is a very basic recipe at it’s core – beef, elbow macaroni, cheese, plus all the tasty taco flavors you can handle – but sometimes (okay, most of the time) simple recipes are the best kind.

Perfection doesn’t need to be an elaborate exercise in culinary excellence. Some ingredients just work together because they work together.

End of story. It’s hard to improve perfection.

It’s hard to improve perfection.

Sort of like beef and macaroni – they were made to go together. As were taco seasoning and sour cream.

Oh, and cheese.

Lots and lots of cheese.

Because cheese plays well with everything.

This is the type of dinner I’d look forward to ending my day with.

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.comOne Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com
One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet
A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want!
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One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet
One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com
A simple one-pan meal that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want!
RATE THIS RECIPE:
Votes: 85
Rating: 2.84
You:
Rate this recipe!
Servings:
6
servings
Prep:
5
minutes
Cook:
25
minutes
ingredients:
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instructions:
  1. In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground beef over medium high heat. Drain grease and return ground beef to pan.
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic to skillet, plus salt and pepper to taste. Cook until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Pour in 1 cup water, corn, salsa, taco sauce, taco seasoning, and elbow macaroni. Mix ingredients together and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer. For the amount of time to simmer: check your box of macaroni and divide the cook time by half. For mine, total cook time was 10 minutes, so my skillet simmered for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in final 1 cup of water and stir. Return cover and allow to simmer for the remaining cook time of the macaroni.
  5. Remove skillet from heat. Quickly add in 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend and stir together so cheese is incorporated and melted. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend on top, then replace cover on skillet for 1-3 minutes until cheese has melted.
  6. Serve immediately with sour cream and chopped cilantro as garnish.
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48 Responses to One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet

  1. I LOVE this kind of food! Quicker than a baked casserole but still so comforting. Simple recipes are the best kind. Don’t think there’s a person alive that wouldn’t love this (except I suppose if you’re a vegetarian)

  2. This looks so yummy and has now made me hungry! I will be adding this recipe to my menu planning rotation. Thanks.

  3. This looks amazing! What better way to unwind at the end of the day than with a savory meal? I’m going to try this on Taco Tuesday for something new. 🙂

  4. mmm! Now that looks delicious! My boyfriend would love this. I think I will substitute the beef with ground Turkey and see how that goes. All your recipes look so good. Keep up the great work!

  5. I love making this for my family! Especially on days where I have zero time to get a big meal going. Thanks for sharing this on Our Mini Family Link Party. I made sure to pin it and share it on stumble upon! Thanks again. 🙂

  6. YUM – loving this one-pot meal – gorgeous pics too! Hey, thanks for stopping by and sharing with us at #TryaBiteTuesday – hope to see you back this week! Pinned & shared!!

  7. Your Taco Skillet looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. This has become a favorite in my house! I love that it makes plenty for leftovers and I feel way better about eating this than the boxed stuff flavored with mystery powder.

    • I agree, the leftovers are the best 😀 Reminds me, I really need to make this again… perfect comfort food for the chilly weather!

  9. I have the hardest time trying to get my 7 year old to eat anything with meat in it. But he DEVOURED this!!! Thank you for this delisious recipe!

    • I’m so glad he liked it! I’m not the biggest fan of meat being mixed with other foods, so I understand how your son feels 😀

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