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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy taco pasta, taco pasta
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Cindy


  • 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


  • 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!



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


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