Grain-Free Taco Scramble Recipe (Easy, Healthy, and Delicious!)

Taco Scramble recipe

By now you may know that I’m a huge fan of stir-fry recipes. This Taco Scramble Stir-Fry, as I call it, is a one pan meal with quick prep, minimal cleanup, and tons of veggies. I can’t help it … I might be a lazy cook, but I just love an easy healthy meal that comes together quickly. (This is why my cookbook is full of one pan recipes that take 30 minutes or less.)

Plus using simple recipes means my kids can help make dinner, which teaches them skills they’ll need for a lifetime. They are always eager to help with this one as they love Mexican flavors. If it tastes like tacos, they will eat it!

Taco Scramble: Quick Eats on Busy Nights

This Taco Scramble brings together all of the best flavors of Mexican food—cumin and spices, peppers, onion, and flavorful meats. (Without the vegetable oil-drenched corn chips or flour tortillas!) The stir-fry style presentation opens up all kind of possibilities … like adding in an array of fresh or frozen veggies not normally found in a taco.

It can be topped with all of the favorite Mexican restaurant toppings too, depending on your family’s diet: raw cheese, cultured sour cream, fermented salsa, guacamole, fresh avocado or tomato, cilantro, or a squeeze of lime.

For nights when fresh produce is on hand, it’s easy to switch over to Lettuce Wrapped Tacos for variety and a more traditional taco presentation.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Hack

If you love Mexican food as much as our family does, it makes sense to use a ready-made taco seasoning in place of the individual spices called for in the recipe. Of course I don’t mean buying those packets of taco mix from the store, which are filled with … well, fillers.

Homemade taco seasoning makes it possible to pack in as many health-boosting spices and herbs as possible while controlling salt and preservatives. (Plus you can actually be sure it’s fresh.)

For our favorite family recipe, check out The Wellness Mama Cookbook condiments and spices section, or this post with an earlier version of our favorite homemade taco seasoning recipe. It lasts a long time when stored in a dark, cool place and I reach for it constantly. If you have time, you can even make certain spices from scratch for maximum freshness and health benefits. (Instructions included in the recipe.)

Taco Scramble for Breakfast?

Grain-free breakfasts can be a challenge. It helps me (and the family meal budget) to reuse last night’s leftovers for breakfast. If this sounds like a gross proposition, consider seasoned meat and colorful peppers folded into an omelet or vegetable frittata and topped with a sprinkle of cheese and Mexican hot sauce. Not as out of the box as it seems!

Leftover Taco Scramble also can be easily packed for lunch. (It’s good cold, too, even!)

I hope you give it a try!

Taco Scramble recipe

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Grain-Free Taco Scramble Recipe (Easy, Healthy, and Delicious!)

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An easy stir fry with Tex-Mex flavors. This is a great fast meal for a busy night and is also delicious for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (or turkey, pork, venison, bison, etc.)
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), diced
  • 2 medium yellow squash or zucchini, diced
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach (2-3 ounces)
  • Spices to taste: I use about 1 tablespoon each of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and fresh cilantro. Or use a prepared (but homemade) Taco Seasoning Mix.
  • Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado slices, cilantro, fresh lime

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef until well cooked in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Remove and set aside.
  2. Chop and add onions, peppers, and squash or zucchini to the pan and saute, stirring constantly, until starting to soften.
  3. Return meat to pan. Spice to taste (this will really vary by family preferences).
  4. Add fresh spinach and continue to cook just until spinach wilts.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with any desired toppings.
  6. Enjoy!

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Cuisine Mexican

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Try these other favorite healthy stir-fry recipes:

  • Beef and Cabbage – Build this meal in the same way as Taco Scramble, but using cabbage, carrots, basil, and oregano for a completely different flavor profile.
  • Chicken and Vegetable – Chicken breasts, broccoli (even frozen!), and basil round out this simple but nourishing stir-fry.
  • Beef and Broccoli – More traditional Asian stir-fry flavors, with healthier substitutes like coconut aminos for soy sauce and coconut oil for processed vegetable oil.
  • Chicken Apple – An entirely different set of flavors, sautéed the same way in a quick stir-fry scramble. Fennel is a powerful detoxifier and blends well with the slight apple sweetness.

What is your go-to Mexican or stir-fry meal? Will you try this? Share below!

This Taco Scramble is a one-pan 30 minute meal packed with protein, vegetables, and healthy herbs and spices. You'll never miss the grains!

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  1. I just want to thank you for all of your skillet recipes you’ve been doing!!!  Not only do they taste amazing, they are so easy and my family loves them!  It truly makes eating whole foods so much more “doable.”  So far I’ve tried the Chicken and Squash Stir Fry and the Beef and Zucchini Skillet and we’ve loved them both!!!  I’m now looking forward to your Pizza stir fry and this one now.  Thanks again!

  2. Hi Wellness Mama,

    I was just wondering if you have any lamb recipes? I couldn’t seem to see any, so hopefully I didn’t just miss it!

    Thanks

    • I do and they are on the schedule, just don’t remember when off the top of my head…

  3. I live in Albuquerque which is huge green chile country.  I added a  can of fire roasted tomatoes and a can of green chile.  it was awesome.

  4. Hi
    I just discovered your blog. Could this be reheated if there are leftovers?

    • Yes, but it reheats better in the oven or toaster oven than a microwave.

      • Thank you. I don’t even have a microwave at the moment!

  5. Another winner! Even my toddler enjoyed it. I made the recipe just as it is written here and it was delicious. Thanks!

  6. Wow! Had meatloaf cupcakes planned but too much on my plate with baking my birthday cheesecake, bulk soup and vegetable snack preparation. Made this instead. My daughter asked for seconds! Definitely adding this to our meal plans. With all the fixings it reminded me of a healthier Chipotle bowl! Yum!

  7. I have been reading your pages, trying to understand my hormone imbalance and finding your site very informative.
    I’m not trying to have a baby but am 55 and having issues w/ my hormones.
    Lots of good information…Thanks

  8. Could I use butternut squash? It’s what I have on hand…

  9. Just signed up, very interesting to read up about gelatin. Will definitely start taking it, especially for artherites.

  10. I noticed the picture next to it that looks like a salsa to go with it… Just wondering if that is the case as it looks delicious!

  11. This sounds easy, healthy and delicious! Can’t wait to try.

  12. Love how healthy and easy this recipe is. The two don’t always go hand-in-hand. I actually have everything to make it.

  13. I don’t need cooking oil? I don’t have a wok.

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