Beef and Cauliflower Taco Skillet

$7.74 recipe / $1.94 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.77 from 17 votes
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A couple of months ago I posted a side dish, Southwest Cauliflower Rice, and ever since I’ve been dying to flesh it out into a main dish. This week I finally got around to it, and OMG, so good! I added some ground beef, black beans, and a bunch of fresh ingredients on top, so you get this wonderful mix of hot and cold flavors and textures, kind of like when you eat a taco, but in bowl form.

Overhead view of beef and cauliflower taco skillet with vegetables on the side and a spatula in the side

Is it Spicy?

The heat level in this recipe depends on the spiciness of two ingredients: the canned diced tomatoes with green chiles (like Ro-tel) and your chili powder. Unfortunately, with both of these ingredients, some brands are spicy and some are not. So you may need to do some experimenting to find the brands that match the heat level that you prefer.

Fresh or Frozen Cauliflower Rice?

You can use either fresh homemade cauliflower rice or frozen store-bought cauliflower rice for this recipe. Both types of riced cauliflower cook very quickly and you shouldn’t need to make any changes to the recipe based on the type of cauliflower rice used.

Take the Taco Seasoning Short Cut

The recipe below includes all the herbs and spices in my homemade taco seasoning. If you don’t have a well stocked spice cabinet, you can use a packet of store-bought taco seasoning in place of the chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper listed in the recipe below.

Other Topping Ideas

This recipe is so flexible! If you don’t like some of the toppings that I used, here are some other ideas:

Make it Low Carb or Vegetarian

If you want to make this tasty skillet low-carb, you can skip the black beans and use a full pound of ground beef instead.

If you want to make this taco skillet vegetarian, add an extra can of beans in place of the ground beef. You can use an extra can of black beans, or add a can of pinto or kidney beans.

Close up side view of beef and cauliflower taco skillet being scooped out of the skillet
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Beef and Cauliflower Taco Skillet

4.77 from 17 votes
This beef and cauliflower taco skillet has layers of flavor, color, and texture, and all of your favorite taco flavors in one hearty bowl.
Author: Beth – Budget Bytes
overhead view of beef and cauliflower taco skillet with vegetables on the sides
Servings 4 1.5 cups each
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef ($2.50)
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower ($1.25)
  • 1 10oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles ($0.55)
  • 1 15oz. can black beans ($0.50)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder ($0.30)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika ($0.10)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper ($0.02)
  • 2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded ($0.38)
  • 1 avocado ($0.99)
  • 1 tomato ($0.46)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion ($0.10)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro ($0.10)

Instructions 

  • Mince the garlic. Add the garlic, olive oil, and ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the ground beef is browned. If you're using a high fat content beef, you may want to drain off the excess fat before the next step.
  • Drain the can of black beans and add them to the skillet along with the diced tomatoes with green chiles (not drained), chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until the skillet is simmering.
  • Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet (no need to thaw, if frozen). Continue to stir and cook over medium heat until the cauliflower is tender (about five minutes).
  • While the beef and cauliflower are heating, dice the tomato, avocado, and red onion. Roughly chop the cilantro.
  • Top the beef and cauliflower mixture with the shredded cheddar. Place a lid on the skillet, and let it heat over medium for a few minutes, or until the cheddar has melted.
  • Once the cheese is melted, top the skillet with the tomato, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 464kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 24gFat: 28gSodium: 359mgFiber: 14g
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beef and cauliflower taco skillet in a bowl with a fork on the side

How to Make Beef and Cauliflower Taco Skillet – Step by Step Photos

browned ground beef in a skillet

Mince two cloves of garlic. Add the garlic to a large skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil and ½ lb. ground beef. Cook over medium heat until the ground beef is browned.

Tomatoes, beans, and seasoning added to the skillet

Drain one 15oz. can of black beans and add them to the skillet along with one 10oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chiles (not drained), 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp oregano, ¼ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper. Continue to cook and stir until the skillet is simmering.

Frozen riced cauliflower added to the skillet.

Add 3 cups riced cauliflower to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir until the riced cauliflower is tender (about 5 minutes).

Diced tomato, avocado, and onion

While the cauliflower and beef are heating, dice one tomato and one avocado. Finely dice about ¼ cup red onion. Roughly chop one small handful of cilantro.

Shredded cheddar being added to the skillet

Top the skillet with 2 oz. (about ½ cup) shredded cheddar cheese. Place a lid on the skillet and let it heat over medium for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

skillet topped with fresh tomato, avocado, red onion, and cilantro

Once the cheese is melted, top with the fresh tomato, avocado, red onion, and cilantro, then serve!

A fork lifting a bite of beef and cauliflower taco skillet out of a bowl

That’s one FLAVORFUL bowl!!

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  1. I had to comment on this recipe to say how much my kids loved this, which is huge. My husband really loved the flavor- I used the seasonings just as listed. I did double the beef and the cauliflower just because I had extra on hand. Great recipe, Beth. I scroll through your blog every time I’m making a grocery list. 

  2. Love it because it’s filling and easily customizable! Thank you!!!

    Mine came out lacking in the taste department, probably because I didn’t have chili powder, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and cheese.

    Next time, I make this dish, I’ll add sofrito!

  3. This was amazing! I made a chipotle lime crema to put on top and it was really good! Loved having the avocado on top!

  4. This was AMAZING! We now make it at my house once a week. The leftovers are delicious. Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. This is was really good.  I did add a can of diced tomatoes since I used a pound of beef.  I don’t think my boyfriend even knew there was cauliflower in it.   Also served it over rice. 

  6. This looks absolutely delicious! I realize the calorie count is an estimate but it seems high — the beef, cheese, oil and avocado would contribute but do the remaining ingredients really bring that many calories to the table (so to speak)?

    Thanks for posting this though, the pictures are making me hungry!

    1. I checked the breakdown on the back end and it looks like the four main contributors to the calories are the beef (576), black beans (330), cheese (229), and avocado (322). Those are the numbers for the whole recipe, then each serving is 1/4 of that. :)