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

How to Make Cheesy Taco Skillet

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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!

Print Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Cheesy Taco Skillet
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Skillet
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
  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: 14.8%, Vitamin C: 25.9%, Calcium: 18.3%, Iron: 21.9%

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

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!




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!

16 comments on “Cheesy Taco Skillet”

  1. A “TACO” is a fried corn tortilla, filled with various mixtures, such as seasoned meat, beans, cheese, etc., then folded.  This definition does not apply to your recipe at all.

  2. Ummm I’m gonna try this recipe tonite, sounds tasty. Thanks to “Pin it” recipe I found on line. Thanks!!

  3. This is my kind of dinner – cheesy, taco, one pot easy!

  4. This looks like the most fabulous dinner recipe!! Totally putting it on my to-do list!

  5. I am loving how easy this meal is to make!! My kids love those Velveeta Shells, so this would be perfect!

  6. I love how quick and easy this dish is! And I love how cheesy it is. Velveeta is great in meals like this! So creamy and delicious.

  7. I am SO down for anything that can be made in ONE POT because I am the worlds laziest food blogger and hate ALL THE DISHES. Plus, anything with Taco in the name is a winner! Pinned!

  8. Oh man this is one delicious looking skillet! It’s just screams flavorful!

  9. Jalapeno velveeta?! That just has game day written all over it. This looks fabulous!

  10. Dear Holly, What a gorgeous one dish meal! I have several recipes that use Velveeta that everyone in our house loves. Can’t wait to try this delicious one pot meal!

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