Fiesta Beef Skillet

Happy New Year! Who is going into this year with a mindset to create positive change in your mind, body and spirit? I sure am. I listened to a podcast on confidence this morning, and it reminded me of a lot of things that I am trying to accomplish. 

It’s a domino effect, once you start making changes within yourself it spills over into every aspect of your life and can even rub off on those around you too. I’m determine to be a better, healthier, happier person in 2017. And for me, it starts with consistently eating better, regular working out, staying organized and creating more positive thoughts in my own head. Even if it means removing people or things that encourage negativity. And also it means, deciding that I can’t change anyone that won’t start with themselves.

You are what you surround yourself with. If your surrounded by bitterness, then guess what you’ll end up bitter. If you are the bitter, unhappy person then you will be sending those vibes to everyone around you. Vicious cycle. But just because you’re in there doesn’t mean you have to stay in there. You can fix yourself. It’s not easy and may require help. But you can. You just have to believe in yourself and want to be better. But if you don’t believe in yourself, or take that first step alone then you won’t change. It has to start with yourself. No one else can do it for you and you can’t force someone else to change if they do not desire change. And saying they want a change, and actually doing something to create that change is to very different things.

It’s something that I’m coming to terms with, that you can’t even if its for their own good, get someone to eat better, put themselves first, believe in themselves etc. Therefore I’m constantly reminding myself despite my frustrations, love, and pushing I can’t force someone to take better care of themselves. If they don’t want to put their own health first, I can’t make them. At the end of the day, you’re an adult. And responsible for yourself. Which includes your health, happiness, and success/failure.

So if you are on the journey to health and happiness in 2017, then focus on you and surround yourself with those that believe in you and things that drive you and inspire you. If you are frustrated with trying to get another person to step up with their own journey, remember you can’t force them. Simply say; when you’re ready and you need a friend let me know. Everyone generally gets there in their own time. So hopefully they will follow your lead and be inspired. But it has to come from within. Don’t let them drag you down either. Because they choose to be miserable, doesn’t mean you have to be. Everyone can set at home and bitch about how they don’t feel good or would like to lose weight but a determined person will get up and make a change and you can tune that negativity out by removing it. Be that determined person.

Now on to the recipe!

If you are cleaning up your diet here in 2017 this recipe is the perfect start to that. Its filled with vegetables, flavor, and meat. It follows paleo, and Whole30 guidelines if you are following a template from either. It’s also easy, and a one pot meal.

You can make this any night of the week because it’s so easy, and doesn’t require a ton of prep or clean up. It’s also a great meal prep meal because it stores well, makes a great to go lunch, and re heats wonderfully. It’s the whole meal in one. Also, I get several questions on how to use ground beef that isn’t spaghetti or hamburgers. Although, I don’t actually have ground beef in my house, it’s all elk but the idea is the same.

Get creative and switch the beef for ground chicken or pork if you want to switch it up for you meal planning rotations. And garnish it with diced avocados, green onions, or guacamole.

If you are weight training or working out daily doing strength training and need more starchy carbs, then serve this over white rice (but that isn’t Whole30) or a baked sweet potato.

Happy Cooking!


Fiesta Beef Skillet
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Maria
  • 1 pound ground elk or beef
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 2 small zucchini chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 14.5 fl oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt for browning meat
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper for browning meat
  • 1 handful cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp red powder flakes
  1. Brown meat in a large skillet over med heat with 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Break into crumbles, and cook until no longer pink. Approx: 9 - 11 mins.

  2. Add the onion, minced garlic to the meat and cook for a few mins, stirring often to combine.

  3. Once the onions begin to soften, add the peppers, jalapeno, and zucchini to the skillet and stir thoroughly to combine. Cook for 3 minutes.  

  4. Add the spices to the mixture and stir like you mean it. Then add the tomatoes, reduce the heat to med low and cook for 10 minutes; stirring often. 

  5. in the last 3 minutes of cooking add the cilantro and the lime juice and stir.

  6. Serve hot and garnish with green onions, guacamole, salsa, diced avocado, wedge of lime etc. 

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