This easy Taco Skillet is loaded with all your favorite taco flavors, but made into a quick and easy stir-fry. It will quickly become a new family weeknight dinner favorite!

A bowl of taco pasta. The pasta contains corn, zucchini, jalapenos, tomatoes, pasta, and ground beef.

Can we just get an amen for easy, delicious, weeknight dinner meals that the whole family loves?! This Taco Skillet recipe is going to be a new fav for all of those reasons.

I mean, who doesn’t love tacos?!

And when tacos met the easy cooking method of stir-frying everything in one pan —YES PLEASE!

You’ve probably never thought to stir-fry tacos, but I had the thought to give it a try one night and we loved it! I’m issuing you the challenge to try this taco pasta skillet and see if your family loves it!

We seriously do stir fry once a week in our house just because it comes together so quickly. Whether it’s our chicken stir frybeef stir fryThai basil beef stir fry or sesame steak stir fry, we have you covered for a quick and easy weeknight meal!

Taco skillet. There is a wooden spoon laying across the cast iron skillet. There are sliced tomatoes, sliced jalapeno, carrots, corn, pasta and ground beef.

What’s Needed to Make a Taco Skillet?

This taco pasta skillet is a cinch to make and requires few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need for this Mexican-inspired stir-fry:

  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Bell pepper
  • Ground beef
  • Taco seasoning 
  • Water
  • Frozen corn
  • Jalapeño
  • Cilantro
  • Angel hair pasta

How to Make a Taco Skillet

  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add a drizzle of oil and the butter. Add the veggies and begin to sauté until soft. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Start making your pasta according to the package directions.
  3. Once the veggies have sauteed, remove from the pan and add in the ground beef. Cook until almost cooked through, drain any grease, and return to the heat.
  4. Add in the taco seasoning, water, and cooking, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the pasta and cook for 5 additional minutes.
  6. Last but not least, add the cooked pasta, stir and serve!

A bowl of taco pasta skillet. There are sliced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, ground beef, zucchini, carrots, and fresh parsley.

FAQ

How Long Will This Taco Pasta Skillet Keep?

If stored properly in an airtight container, the one-pot taco pasta skillet will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

How to Reheat This Taco Skillet

The best way to reheat the taco skillet is on the stove. Add a little oil and reheat slowly, stirring occasionally until hot clear through. You can also heat in the microwave.

Can I Use Another Type of Noodle?

If you don’t want to use angle hair pasta, you can use rice noodles or the glass sweet potato noodles instead. They are equally as delicious!

Can I Use Another Meat Besides Ground Beef?

Absolutely! You can also use the following: plant-based meat, ground turkey, ground chicken, or load it up with extra veggies and make it vegetarian.

Can Taco Seasoning Go Bad?

If taco seasoning is stored correctly, it will keep for 3 or more years. Even after 3 years, it can be used, it just may not be quite as flavorful. It should be stored in an airtight container.

A close up of a taco skillet. It is full of sliced tomatoes, sliced jalapeno, carrots, zucchini, corn and ground beef.

Tips for Making a Taco Skillet

  • Skillet: For this recipe, we like to use our favorite cast iron skillet because it gives a nice sear on the meat.
  • Taco seasoning: You can use your favorite store-bought taco seasoning for this recipe, or you can make your own taco seasoning at home. I like to prep big batches of the homemade seasoning so I always have some on hand!
  • Dress it up: We love this taco skillet as is, but you could definitely dress it up with lime juice, hot sauce, shredded cheese, sour cream, and more!

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Taco Stir-Fry

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Description

This easy Taco Skillet is loaded with all your favorite taco flavors, but made into a quick and easy stir-fry. It will quickly become a new family weeknight dinner favorite!

Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Carrots, julienned or sliced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 Pound Angel Hair Pasta, (*see notes)
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef, (*see notes)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro , chopped

Instructions

  • In a pan over medium heat, add a drizzle of oil and the butter. Add the veggies and begin to sauté until soft.
    1 teaspoon Oil, 1 Tablespoon Butter, 1 Zucchini, 1/2 Onion, 3/4 Cup Carrots, 1 Bell Pepper, 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
    Salt and Pepper
  • Begin cooking the pasta.
    1/2 Pound Angel Hair Pasta
  • Remove from the pan and add the ground beef.
    1 Pound Ground Beef
  • Cook until almost cooked through, drain any grease and return to the heat.
  • Add the seasoning and water and cooking, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 2 minutes.
    2-3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning, 1/4 Cup Water
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients except the pasta and cook for 5 additional minutes.
    1 Clove Garlic, 1 Jalapeno, 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro , 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes
  • Add the pasta, stir and serve!

Notes

Ground beef: You can use plant-based meat, ground turkey or ground chicken as well.
Noodles: We like to use rice noodles or the glass sweet potato noodles.
Storage: Stir fry can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1CupCalories: 617kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 30gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 943mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 5600IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 4mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 + BEST Easy Beef Recipes for Dinner, 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes
Cuisine: Asian

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A bowl of taco stir fry. The stir fry contains corn, zucchini, jalapenos, tomatoes, pasta, and ground beef.