As much as I am into authentic Mexican style tacos, there’s just something nostalgic about those ‘boxed’ tacos that I enjoyed when I was a kid. When I find myself craving those tacos these days I skip the box and make my own homemade taco seasoning (which is super easy to make) and add it to ground beef and they just bring me back! This dish takes the flavours of those same tacos and places it into pasta form and its so quick and easy to make! This recipe starts out with the same ground beef, taco seasoning, onions, garlic and pasta and water is added right to the pan so that the pasta cooks in the same pot, along with some salsa which adds flavour in addition to extra moisture for the pasta to cook in. (I always enjoy one-pot meals!) Cheese is one of my favourite toppings for tacos so I add plenty of cheese to melt right into the taco pasta! Yum! This one-pot taco pasta is a great weeknight meal that’s kid friendly and to make it even more fun, top it with your favourite taco toppings like avocado, sour cream, cilantro, lime, etc.
Cheesy Taco Pasta
A tasty, quick and easy one-pot beef taco pasta with plenty of melted cheese!
- 1 pound ground beef, lean or extra lean
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 2 cups water (or beef broth)
- 2 cups salsa
- 8 ounces pasta (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 1 (15 ounce can) black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
- 1 cup cheese (cheddar and/or monterey jack, mozzarella, etc.)
- Cook the ground beef and onion in a large sauce pan until the meat is browned and the onions are tender, about 10 minutes, before draining off any excess grease.
- Add the garlic and taco seasoning and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the water, salsa and pasta. mix, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked, about 8 minutes.
- Add the black beans and cheese and coo unitl it melts, about 2 minutes.
Option: Garnish with cilantro, limes, avocado, sour cream, etc.
Note: If you are using store bought taco seasoning, use one package or the recommended amount for 1 pound of meat.
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I made this last night for dinner and my husband and I both LOVED it! The recipe was very simple to follow, with simple to buy ingredients. And it really delivers on flavor. I added some sour cream on top, lime juice, Tapatio sauce and some crushed up tortilla chips for extra crunch. I will definitely make this again!
Rachel MacPherson says
Good stuff! I’ve made this type of thing before but never with salsa. I didn’t know how it would measure up to making from scratch but it was great! Used chickpea pasta and topped with sour cream.
For the black beans, is it 1.5 or 15 oz. can?
That should have been a 15oz can! Enjoy!