Cheesy Taco Skillet

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Cheesy Taco Skillet is easy to make and needs just one pan!  This simple dish is going to become a weeknight staple in your home!

A plate filled with cheesy taco skillet

Now that fall is here and the kids are back to school, our evenings are filled with soccer practice, homework, and other activities.  If your home is like ours, evenings just seem a little hectic and getting a great dinner on the table (between school and homework) is not always easy! We are excited to partner with Kraft to bring you this belly warming recipe.

Any dish that can be cooked in one pot and is on the table in under 30 minutes is literally the perfect weeknight meal around here!  This Cheesy Taco Skillet is delicious and totally cheesy with a bold flavor!  Perfect to fill those hungry bellies before rushing off to activities!

A serving spoonful of cheesy taco skillet

If you know anything about me at all you’ll know that two of  my absolute favorite things are cheesy pasta and jalapeños…  naturally Velveeta Shells & Cheese going bold with Jalapeño would find a way into our menu!  In fact, and this is a true story, my BFF came across Velveeta Shells & Cheese Jalapeño and I got a box for my birthday… best. present. ever!  There are two great bold flavors  to check out (Jalapeño and Chipotle) plus lots of yummy recipes over at

A few simple additions to the already delicious Jalapeño Velveeta Shells & Cheese made this One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta recipe something my whole family loved!  It’s totally easy-cheesy-delicious AND it takes just one pot which means no huge piles of dishes!  Talk about the perfect weeknight dinner!  Feel free to sprinkle your favorite taco toppings on top!

Cheesy Taco Skillet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
This easy cheesy taco skillet is effortless making it the perfect weeknight meal.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup red pepper
  • 1/4 cup green pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 box Velveeta Shells & Cheese Bold Jalapeño
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Cilantro

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  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef, onion and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Stir in peppers, chili powder, cumin, dry shell pasta, jalapeno seasoning packet, milk and water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in Velveeta cheese packet and stir until heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 459, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 517mg, Potassium: 617mg, Carbohydrates: 30g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 30g, Vitamin A: 740%, Vitamin C: 21.4%, Calcium: 183%, Iron: 3.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Taco Skillet
One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta! This delicious cheesy weeknight dinner uses only one pot and is on the table in under 30 minutes!

I am so excited to have partnered with The Kraft Heinz Company as a spokesperson for Velveeta!  While I was compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.  I can’t wait to share this great weeknight dinner with you!



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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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