Thursday, June 13, 2013

Beefy Crunch Skillet

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It's the middle of the week, you haven't planned a dinner, your family is starving and you don't want fast food. Quick - what do you do? Make a skillet meal. It's fast, easy and only requires a skillet. That means you don't have to dirty up a bunch of pots and pans and spend an hour cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. You can prepare dinner, clean up as it simmers, and be done for the night. That's what you deserve. I created this dinner with the beefy crunch burrito from Taco Bell in mind... It's kind of like a deconstructed version of it and that makes me super happy. This recipe is better, though, because it's cheap to make and it's homemade. It's a winner in my house! Especially when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to make a huge mess in my kitchen... 

Beefy Crunch Skillet Recipe: {Print Recipe}

2 pounds lean ground beef
2 teaspoons oil
1 medium yellow onion (diced)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
5 (soft taco) flour tortillas (cut into 1-1/2" strips)
1 (10 ounce) can Original Ro*Tel
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
10 corn tortilla chips (crumbled)
Salt & pepper
Sour cream
Green onions

In a cast iron skillet, over medium heat, add oil and onion and sautee for 5-6 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until no pink remains, about 6-8 minutes. 

Add chili powder, cumin, sugar, rotel, tomato sauce, cheese and tortilla strips to skillet and combine. Simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until mixture has thickened and heated through.

Just before serving, crumble corn chips over the top, add a large dollop of sour cream and sliced green onions.

Makes about 6-1/2 cups.


  1. What a great idea -- a skillet meal! I'm going to have to try this out because I'm always scrambling for midweek meal ideas! Pinning for sure!

    Thanks so much for the amazing inspiration!

    :) Linda

  2. This looks super yummy. The crunch on top is always the best part :)


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