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 kinds 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 tacos in lettuce wraps 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 all the individual spices that make up taco seasoning. 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 be sure it’s actually 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. I printed out the recipe and taped it to the side of my jar so that it’s easily accessible when I need to refill it.
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 also be easily packed for lunch. (It’s even good cold!)
I hope you give it a try!
Grain-Free Taco Scramble Recipe
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- lime wedges
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high until cooked.
- Remove from the pan and set aside.
- In the same skillet, saute the chopped onions, peppers, and squash, stirring frequently, until starting to soften.
- Return the meat to pan.
- Add the taco seasoning and stir.
- Add fresh spinach and continue to cook just until spinach wilts.
- Remove from heat and serve with any desired toppings.
Try these other favorite healthy stir-fry recipes:
- Beef and Cabbage – Build this meal in the same way as Taco Scramble, but use 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!