Cooking with Aubrey

Skillet Beef Tacos

Taco Tuesday! You may have noticed that tacos have gotten creative with their fancy fillings. Here’s a recipe with familiar ground beef and taco seasonings, but it incorporates greens so it feels trendy and a little less old school. You could serve this in a taco shell, but lately I’ve been gravitating towards meals served over romaine lettuce, as a way to boost my veggie intake. Plus now that the summer growing season is past, a cold salad with hot house tomatoes and cucumbers is not appealing. Most evenings my kids like the deconstructed meal, making warm salads to suit their fickle moods, even if is just two pieces of lettuce, a tomato, a spoonful of meat and tons of cheese and avocado


  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 3 cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheese, such as Monterey jack or Cheddar (optional)
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • Optional toppings: Sour cream, cilantro, cooked brown rice, chopped tomatoes, etc


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes until soft.

  2. Next add the ground meat, bell pepper, and spices. Cooking for 5-7 minutes until the meat is
    thoroughly cooked. 

  3. Add the salsa and spinach, stir to combine and heat through. Remove the pan from heat and
    add the cheese and black olives. Cover and let the cheese melt.

  4. To serve, create a bed of shredded lettuce on each plate. Scoop a serving of the ground meat
    mixture onto lettuce and add desired toppings.

Source: The Taco Tuesday Cookbook , by Laura Fuentes

Aubrey Schultz

Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Read below for details about her training program for the Portsmouth Half Marathon in 2018.  Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at

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