One Pot Taco Casserole

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One-Pot Taco Skillet is an easy weeknight meal! It’s the perfect amount of spicy with ground turkey, chili beans, taco seasoning, and lots of cheese! It’s a great one-pot dinner that you can serve with rice, flour tortillas, or scoop it up with tortilla chips.

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30 Minute One Pot Taco Skillet Recipe

This one pot taco casserole is what to make when 5 o’clock hits and you have no idea what to make. It’s a fast and easy one pot meal with simple ingredients. I keep them on hand for those dinner emergencies when everyone’s hungry, and I need something asap.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • There isn’t anything easier than this taco casserole – it’s full of meat, beans, veggies, and CHEESE!
  • This casserole is layered in a large skillet and cooked on the stovetop. You don’t even need to turn on your oven!
  • It’s the perfect fast weeknight recipe because it’s a 30 minute meal and hearty enough to serve all on its own. Or you can serve it with rice, tortillas, tortilla chips or try it with pasta.
  • I’ve even made this to share at potlucks, and it’s always a hit. If you want a new family favorite dinner, you have to try this cheesy taco skillet recipe.

Ingredients in Cheesy Taco Skillet

Meat: I used lean ground turkey but you can definitely use ground chicken or beef.

Vegetables: Diced onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper add extra flavor. Dice them small.

Taco Seasoning: Use your favorite brand or mix.

Beans: You can use any beans but I like using BUSH’S® Beans in Mild Chili Sauce because the sauce adds flavor.

Corn and Olives: For extra flavor and color

Shredded cheese: Obviously!

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How to make Taco Skillet with Beans

  1. Cook the turkey, onion, and peppers over medium-high heat in a large pan or cast iron skillet. When the turkey is no longer pink, drain off the fat.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and beans with the liquid from the can. Stir and then simmer them for about five minutes. Mix in the corn and olives and cook them with the other ingredients for about a minute.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and cover the pan. Once the cheese is melted, it’s ready to serve.
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How to Store Leftover Taco Casserole

If you have leftovers, they will keep well in the refrigerator for several days.


  • Meat: Instead of ground turkey, make your taco skillet dinner with ground beef or ground chicken.
  • Beans: Pretty much any kind of beans will work in this dish. My husband loves the spicy beans in this dish! If you use plain canned beans, you might want to add some salsa to the pan to add flavor.
  • Toppings: Feel free to add a few toppings like chopped cilantro, a scoop of sour cream, or some sliced avocado.
  • Side Dish Ideas: Spoon it over white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice. Sometimes we stir cooked pasta into the skillet. It’s also great as a dip with tortilla chips.
  • Other Ways to Serve It: Use it as a topping for baked potatoes or as a filling for burritos or tacos. I just love this one pan taco skillet meal – it’s saved me many times during busy weeks! The flavors are so good, and it’s so easy to pull together. If you’re looking for new easy supper ideas, be sure to add this one to your list!

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One Pot Taco Casserole

One Pot Taco Casserole is an easy weeknight meal! It’s the perfect amount of spicy with ground turkey, chili beans, taco seasoning, and lots of cheese! The leftovers are perfect as a dip with chips or in tortillas as tacos!
4 from 2 votes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 can 16 ounces BUSH’S® Beans in Mild Chili Sauce
  • 1 can approximately 15 ounces corn, drained
  • 1 8 ounce can sliced olives, drained (optional)
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese


  • In a large 12-in skillet, cook ground turkey, onion, and peppers over medium-high heat until turkey is no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Add taco seasoning, and beans (with their liquid) to the pan. Stir to combine. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Stir in corn and olives, cook another 1 minute.
  • Top with shredded cheese and then cover the pan with a lid to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Serve hot. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Leftovers are good in tortillas as tacos or served with chips as a dip.

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Recipe Notes

  • Use any beans you like if you can’t find the Bush’s
  • Use any kind of cheese – I love using a combination of cheddar and jack.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1135mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1152IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, one pot, taco
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This One Pot Taco Casserole has the perfect amount of spicy with ground turkey, chili beans, taco seasoning, and lots of cheese!

This post was originally sponsored by BUSH’S in 2017. Post updated in 2022.

My Favorite Beans

Of course, when you’re buying beans, you want to buy the ones that are the best. I have always loved BUSH’S® Beans, from the time when I lived on baked beans as a kid to now when I throw kidney beans on my salads. Of course, when making a Mexican casserole, one must add beans! BUSH’S® Kidney Beans in Mild Chili Sauce are the perfect accompaniment to this dish, adding some texture to the ground turkey and spice to the taco seasoning. Feel free to use your favorite beans in this dish; BUSH’S® has Kidney Beans, Black Beans, and Pinto Beans all that come in a mild chili sauce. If you want it spicier, you can even try their new beans in a spicy chili sauce. I’m using that next time because my husband LOVES his meals extra spicy!

Last Updated on January 8, 2022

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  1. This tasted very good, and was so quick, served over jasmine rice with some salsa and sour cream. Reduced the cheese to save calories. I will definitely make this again. First trying this type of beans and was very happy, it helped make the meal.

  2. Delicious and so easy! We all loved it. We put it over Spanish rice. Will add to our dinner rotation. Thank you!

  3. wow, this dish looks delicious, i will try it for my family to eat, thank you for sharing the way