We have been on the road for the past two months and were dying to get home to nest a bit.  By nesting I mean cooking and baking, not having a baby.  Even cleaning the house sounds perfect.  Lenny mentioned over a glass of wine that while it is nice that we get to travel together, that sometimes it feels like just coming back to a rental instead of our home.  That resonated with me.  I completely got it.  One of the things we each look forward to when traveling alone is the coming home part and seeing the one we love.  You know the “ole absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  When we come home with a couple of days between projects, we try to cram in that “home” feeling by cooking comfort food, running errands and hoping to see people we care about.  Needless to say, we had this comfort food recipe for Beef Taco Skillet five days in a row while I perfected it, and I am happy to say it is GOOD.

beef taco skillet

I have some exciting news to share along with this recipe, first let’s talk about the recipe.  I have seen a lot of one skillet recipes floating around, and have been curious as I usually never use just one skillet to make a meal.  Guess what, after making this about five times, I am going to say it turns out way better by using two.  One skillet and pot for cooking the elbow pasta.  I tried adding the dry pasta to the skillet along with all the ingredients, and it came out gummy and the leftovers absorbed all of the extra liquid and became a brick.  The verdict two pots – sorry folks you need to get your partner or kids to wash the dishes for you.  I cooked everything except the pasta in the skillet, then I cooked the pasta, cooled it off, drained really well and stirred into the skillet.  It came out perfect and the leftovers were exactly like the very first time! Here is the exciting NEWS!  I used Butcher Box grass-fed ground beef in this recipe, and I am not going to go on and on about how much I love their beef.  I do!  You already know that.  What I love about their ground beef is that is so moist and loaded with flavor. We want you, all of you, but this time one lucky you to try out a Butcher Box.  You will get to choose which box you want;  beef, chicken, pork or a mixed!  Each box is valued at $129 and comes with 7 – 10 pounds of 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken and heritage breed pork, which is enough for at least 20 individual meals.  (US Residents only).  You are going to love it!


beef taco skillet

Beef Taco Skillet


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1 package Frontera taco skillet seasoning packet or your favorite taco seasoning (about 2 – 3 tablespoons)
14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, including liquid
15 ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained well
1/2 cup dark Mexican beer or beef stock
1 cup elbow pasta
green onions for garnish
cilantro for garnish
cotija cheese, for garnish

How To:

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package but undercook by 50%.  Example, if the directions say to cook for 10 minutes, only cook for 5 minutes.
Pour the pasta into a colander, then rinse with cold water and strain again.  Let sit while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
In a large, deep frying pan heat the olive oil over medium-low heat.  Add the onion, stir and cook until soft.  Then stir in the garlic.
Add the ground beef, stir to break up the meat and cook over medium-low heat for 8 minutes.
Stir in the taco seasoning, can of diced tomatoes, kidney beans, beer or stock, then cover with a lid.
Lower the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.  Stirring every so often.
Stir in the cooked pasta and cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Garnish with onions, cilantro, and the cheese

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disclosure: this post is not sponsored, though we have partnered with the Butcher Box for the give away;  because we LOVE their boxes.  We received the butcher box for review purposes only and were not asked or required to write about it.  all opinions are always 100% our own.  thank you for supporting brands we love and believe in, which makes chez us possible.  
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