Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet

Quick, easy, and delicious, this Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is an easy go-to dish. It'll be your family's new favorite!

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is the go-to dish everyone loves!

On days when I just don't have the time for a big dinner production, this is the dish I go back to. It's perfect after a day of hiking, or a quick meal after Lorelai's dance class. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet recipe requires only a few ingredients you probably have in your kitchen, and is on the table in about 30 minutes!

I first made this recipe about a year and a half ago. It was planned for three people, but I ended up feeding three of my kids, plus a son-in-law, and the grandkids. It was a hit! All of them wanted seconds and thirds. I regretted not making twice the amount. Since then, it's been requested countless times.

In fact, I sometimes forget all about it - for weeks! That's when Lorelai requests it.
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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is great as leftovers!

What's especially good, for me, is that Lorelai loves this so much. This kid, who won't eat the same thing twice within a month will eat this dish three days in a row if it's in the refrigerator. In fact, she did that this week. I made it for dinner on Sunday. She went to the bento boxes for lunch on Monday and Tuesday!

That brings me to another benefit - meal prep! Packing up leftovers into bento boxes is my thing. If I can make a lunch out of dinner, I'm all for it. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is just as good on Day 3 as it was on Day 1. You could also just make use it as a lunch prep in the first place.

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How to make Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet

This recipe is so simple, you'll find yourself making it on a regular basis. I mean, it's not a go-to recipe for no reason, right?

1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned; drain and return to skillet.

2. Stir in taco seasoning, water, salsa, and beans.

3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in tortilla strips.

5. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

6. Top each serving with sour cream.

Seriously, does it get any easier than that?



Tips and Equipment

- The recipe calls for 2 cups, each, of the beans. This would basically be two 15 oz cans, if you go that route. I can't do that because I taste metal in the food (yeah, that's a thing - a very annoying thing). I buy dry beans and use my Instant Pot to cook them. Once cooked, I freeze them, 2 cups per freezer bag. When I need them, I steam them for 3-5 minutes in the Instant Pot.

This 9.5-inch Copper Chef pan, like the one in the photos, helps you cook this recipe pretty quickly, plus you can take it straight to the table! 



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Yield: 6

Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet

prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins
Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is a hearty dish you can have on the table in 30 minutes. It's the perfect go-to on busy nights, and the whole family will enjoy it!

ingredients:


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup refrigerated salsa (restaurant style)
  • 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 fajita-sized tortillas, cut in strips
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz container of sour cream

instructions:


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned; drain and return to skillet.
  2. Stir in taco seasoning, water, salsa, and beans.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in  tortilla strips.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  6. Top each serving with sour cream



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