Crunchy Tacos (Easy, Healthy, One Pan Meal)

Crunchy Tacos (Easy, Healthy, One Pan Meal)

My healthier crunchy taco recipe will be a go-to for your next Taco Tuesday.

Here's why you'll love this recipe:

  • Flavor Fiesta: High-quality ingredients like grass-fed beef and fresh zucchini in every bite.
  • One-Pan Wonder: Ditch the mountain of dirty dishes. Simple cleanup means more time to shake up a skinny spicy margarita
  • Healthy Indulgence: Lean ground beef keeps things light, while fresh greens & salsa pack nutrients and flavor.
  • Effortless Feast: From pantry staples to vibrant veggies, this recipe is a weeknight staple waiting to added to the rotation.

Crispy Crunchy (Easy, Healthy, One Pan Meal)

Anne Murray, MS, RD
This recipe is for one-pan crunchy tacos loaded with flavor and nutrition. It features grass-fed beef for lean protein and healthy fats, fresh zucchini and onion for vitamins and fiber, and greens and salsa for a refreshing and light touch. The best part? The tacos are cooked all in one pan, meaning minimal mess and easy cleanup. This recipe is perfect for those who want a delicious and healthy taco night without sacrificing taste or convenience.
Healthier ingredients: Grass-fed beef, zucchini, onion, greens, and salsa all contribute to a more nutritious taco.One-pan wonder: No need to dirty multiple dishes! This recipe keeps things simple and clean.Crispy shells: Don't let the one-pan aspect fool you, these tacos will still have that satisfying crunch.Full of flavor: The combination of savory beef, fresh veggies, and zesty salsa is sure to please your taste buds.Perfect for any night: Whether it's Taco Tuesday or just a regular weeknight, this recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course dinner, healthy dinner
Cuisine Mexican, tacos, tex mex
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Pan


Taco Filling

  • 1 lb Grass-fed Ground Beef I use lean 90/10
  • 1 Zucchini Diced
  • 1 Yellow Onion Can use any onion
  • 1 Serrano Pepper Optional for spice, or sub jalapeno
  • 1 packet Siete Slow Cooker Seasoning Can use any taco seasoning
  • 1.5 c Salsa
  • 1 c Baby Spinach Can use any greens

Garnish + Toppings

  • Blue Corn Taco Shells
  • 1 Avocado Diced or sliced
  • 1 Lime Quartered
  • Hot Sauce Optional
  • Fresh Cilantro


  • Preheat oven and cook taco shells according to box directions
  • Preheat pan to medium high heat
  • Dice onion, serrano pepper and zucchini into even sized pieces
  • Spray pan with avocado oil
  • Add in diced onion and zucchini, sauté for about 4 minutes
  • Add in ground beef and start to break apart with spatula
  • Add in seasoning packet
  • Cook for about 8 minutes frequently stirring. You will know beef is cooked when it's not pink anymore
  • Once it is cooked, put heat on low and add in salsa and spinach, mix it up and cover with lid
  • The taco filling is now ready! - Take your shells out of the oven and fill them up. Garnish with avocado, lime, cilantro and hot sauce! Enjoy.



  • You can use leftover filling to make a taco bowl the next day, served over rice or greens. 
  • You can use this recipe with any ground meat
  • Spice it up how you like - use any taco seasonings, salsas or hot sauces you love. 
  • This recipe is packed with healthy nutrients and a great balance of carbohydrate, protein, fiber and fat!
  • I get these crispy blue shells from Whole Foods 
  • Tag me on Insta when you make these! @nourished_by_anne 
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