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Cheesy Taco Pasta is one of my favorite ground beef pasta recipes: delicious taco meat in a homemade sauce with shell pasta. It’s ready in under 20 minutes in one pan for an easy weeknight dinner!

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Taco pasta recipe is one of our favorite pasta dinner ideas: meaty, cheesy flavors and a soft, oozy texture keep everyone coming back for more!

It’s basically taco hamburger helper, those boxes of ground beef pasta. But why settle for packaged food when it’s so easy to make this Mexican dish from scratch?

taco pasta in a skillet

TACO SEASONING

The key ingredient is the seasoning, and it’s best to make your own homemade taco seasoning. If you prefer to buy it at the store, you can find it in packets or jars for larger quantities.

You can make many recipes with this seasoning such as taco pasta salad, taco casserole, taco soup, and taco lasagna.

Cheesy taco pasta served on a white plate

HOW TO MAKE TACO PASTA

This is a one pot recipe, meaning the pasta cooks together with the other ingredients. You can cook the pasta separately if you prefer, but it’s definitely easiest doing it all together.

  • Start with frying ground beef, onions and garlic (optional) in a large skillet. I recommend browning the beef to build some flavor.
  • Once the ground beef has some color, add in the rest of the ingredients: tomato sauce, taco seasoning, water and pasta. Cook for 5-10 minutes until your pasta is al dente.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in cheese, and LOTS OF cheese to make it extra cheesy!

Serve on plates or bowls with toppings such as cilantro, sour cream, jalapeno, etc.

Taco pasta recipe is one of our favorite pasta dinner ideas: meaty, cheesy flavors and a soft, oozy texture keep everyone coming back for more!

TACO MEAL VARIATIONS

  • Use a different pasta such as elbow macaroni and turn this recipe into taco mac n cheese! Use the large pasta shells and make it into taco stuffed pasta shells.
  • Bake it in the skillet with the cheese on top (10 min at 375F) for a delicious taco pasta bake
  • Substitute minced turkey or chicken meat for ground beef
  • Spice it up with some red pepper flakes or hot sauce.

This is a great make-ahead taco dish. Leftover taco meat pasta can be stored in the fridge for 3 days and the flavor even intensifies. Just be sure to reheat thoroughly.

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta – One of the easiest quick dinner recipes. It’s loaded with ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese. So delicious. This simple and easy recipe comes together in 20 minutes. Quick and easy recipe. Video recipe.
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Taco Pasta

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta is the best comfort food: delicious taco flavors in a homemade meat sauce with shell pasta. And it's ready in under 20 minutes for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's so much better than hamburger helper. Plus video tutorial!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups small shell pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef, lean or extra lean
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, optional

Instructions

  • Place a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  • Add ground beef and stir until it is no longer pink. Drain fat from the pan.
  • Add onions and optional garlic to the beef. Fry for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, taco seasoning, water and pasta. 
  • Loosely cover the pan, reduce heat to medium. 
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes until the pasta is done, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese and optional fresh cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

To make your own taco seasoning, combine these ingredients in a small bowl:
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 377mg, Potassium: 391mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 330IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2.3mg
Author: Cindy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy taco pasta, taco pasta
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