Healthy One Pan Cheesy Quinoa Taco Skillet

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This Healthy One Pan Cheesy Quinoa Taco Skillet is done in 30 minutes!  An easy taco skillet filled with turkey, quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes and Mexican spices cooked in one skillet and topped with cheese! This delicious gluten free Quinoa Taco Skillet dinner will be your family’s new favorite weeknight dinner!

Anything that makes my life easier and means less dishes I’m down with! If one pan or one pot meals are your jam like me then you need to try my One Pan Southwestern Chicken and Rice, my Creamy Pan Seared Tuscan Salmon or my One Pan Balsamic Chicken with Vegetables! So good!

healthy one pan cheesy quinoa taco skillet topped with avocado

Healthy Quinoa Taco Skillet

Lately, I have been on this Mexican Skillet kick. And you know what, I’m completely fine with it. Tacos. Guacamole. Gooey Cheese. I’m pretty sure all of those things are from heaven and will be served at the dinner table up there too. haha! A couple of weeks ago I made a Zucchini Enchilada Skillet so today I thought I’d change up the base and go with Quinoa.

Honestly, I absolutely loved how it cooked up. It was super easy and everything was made in one pot. After I cooked the ground turkey I literally added all the other ingredients, put the cover on and 15 minutes later the quinoa was done along with everything else. Even my husband, who is “quinoa hater” liked this recipe and had seconds. That’s when you know it’s good!

healthy one pan cheesy quinoa taco skillet topped with avocado

What is Quinoa? 

Quinoa is a great gluten free seed that puffs up when cooked in water. Most people will use it in place of rice or for the added nutrients because quinoa is filled with fiber and protein. 

What is a Taco Skillet?

Think of a taco, then remove the tortillas. Instead of having a “shell” to serve your taco in all those ingredients are added to a skillet and then served! It usually easier and much healthier because your removing some of the carbs!

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How to make Quinoa Taco Skillet?

  1. High a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add avocado oil to the pan along with ground turkey. Break up the turkey and cook until no longer pink, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Then add in onion, garlic, red pepper, poblano pepper, quinoa, fire roasted tomato, frozen corn, smoked paprika, cumin and chili powder. Stir everything together and add in the vegetable broth, water and black beans. Gently stir one last time.
  4. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Once quinoa is cooked through season with salt and add in lime juice and fresh cilantro. Stir everything together.
  6. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheese and cover. Cook an additional 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
  7. Serve.

I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious this recipe is! I’m absolutely obsessed with the flavors, textures and the fact that I just have one dish to wash when it’s all done! Heck yes!

We like to top ours with avocado but you could also top with jalapeños, diced fresh tomato or greek yogurt (in place of sour cream). I guarantee this Quinoa Taco Skillet will become a new staple recipe on your meal plan during the week!

Bon Appetit friends!

Some other Healthy Mexican Inspired Recipes you Need to Make:

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Healthy One Pan Cheesy Quinoa Taco Skillet

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Turkey, Gluten Free, 30 Minute, Kid Friendly
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

This Healthy One Pan Cheesy Quinoa Taco Skillet is done in 30 minutes! This delicious gluten free Quinoa Taco Skillet dinner will be your family’s new favorite weeknight dinner!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 14 oz. can of diced fire roasted tomato
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or mexican cheese

Instructions

  1. High a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add avocado oil to the pan along with ground turkey. Break up the turkey and cook until no longer pink, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Then add in onion, garlic, red pepper, poblano pepper, quinoa, fire roasted tomato, frozen corn, smoked paprika, cumin and chili powder. Stir everything together and add in the vegetable broth, water and black beans. Gently stir one last time.
  4. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Once quinoa is cooked through season with salt and add in lime juice and fresh cilantro. Stir everything together.
  6. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheese and cover. Cook an additional 2 minutes until cheese is melted.
  7. Serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Keywords: taco skillet, mexican quinoa, turkey taco skillet, one pan meals, turkey quinoa skillet, healthy one pan recipes, ground turkey recipes, easy taco skillet, quinoa skillet, healthy gluten free recipes,

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