High Protein Taco Skillet

High protein taco skillet

Even though I mostly work from home now, sometimes I’m not fully inspired to cook dinner after the work day is over. I know I’m usually the fully excited meal cook, but when I’m tired and want to eat something quick and delicious, I tend to reach for the recipes I know and love. My favorite go-to easy meals are spaghetti with meat sauce, mille feuille nabe, and some type of stuffed pepper or taco with this high protein taco skillet filling that’s packed with nutrient-dense ingredients! I love pairing quinoa (did you know quinoa is a complete protein?) with ground meat and veggies and this high protein taco mix has the most delicious flavors and veggies mixed in a 20 minute meal! With lean ground beef, black beans, and quinoa, this dinner is a must try for anyone trying to up their protein intake or just feel fuller longer. I ate mine over spring mix, but it would be equally as yummy in a taco shell, on a bed of chips as nachos, or even over a baked potato like chili. I hope you enjoy!


  • Two bell peppers
  • One-two pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • One can corn
  • One can black beans
  • One cup quinoa
  • One and a half cups water or chicken stock
  • Half onion
  • One packet taco seasoning
  • Salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin to taste


  1. Bring water or chicken stock to a boil and add quinoa to the pot once the liquid is ready
  2. Reduce quinoa to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until liquid is evaporated
  3. Prep the onion and bell pepper by chopping into small cubes
  4. Cook onion and bell pepper until slightly softened and fragrant
  5. Add ground beef or turkey to mix and drain oil once finished cooking
  6. Season meat with salt, pepper, and taco packet and add extra chili powder and cumin for more flavor as necessary
  7. Dump cans of corn and black beans into skillet
  8. Once quinoa is finished cooking, add to meat mixture
  9. Pour crushed tomatoes into the meat and quinoa
  10. Mix skillet of protein and veggies until fully incorporated
  11. Serve in tortillas or taco shells, on tortilla chips, or on top of spring mix and enjoy!