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Monday, January 22, 2018

One Pot Taco Pasta

Make your whole dinner in one pot and in about a half hour.  This taco pasta is quick, easy and full of veggies. It is a complete meal and there's only one pot to clean!

skillet with pasta, beef, beans, salsa etc ready to be made into pasta dinner

      The taco flavors we love collide with cheesy pasta in a one skillet meal that is going to be a new favorite! If you are like us, the rat race seems to only keep speeding up.  There are always more things to do than hours to get them done.  So having a quick and easy meal in your back pocket is always welcome.

     If you have reached a point in your life where the pace has slowed down a bit, you might as well still make an easy dinner and kick your feel up a little.  And pleeeeeeease tell the rest of us your secrets. Pretty please with cherries on top!

cheesy taco pasta on plate with sour cream on top

    This is the perfect weeknight dinner as it is ready in about a half hour and there is only one skillet to clean afterward. Plus it is a family pleasing meal.  It is full of taco flavor and has plenty of meat, beans and corn to fill you up and feel satisfied and enough pasta and cheese to make it tasty and fun.

     Of course you can top it with whatever sounds good to you.  We love sour cream and green onions on Mexican inspired meals.

     I would have thrown some cilantro on there too if I had some on hand.  Top with some extra salsa if you'd like or another handful of cheese if that's your favorite part.

pan filled with with taco mac and cheese

      Watch the family gobble this up and ask you to make it again.  Then luckily you will only have one skillet to wash and you are done!

      Some of our other favorite quick and easy dinners include creamy one pot pasta with asparagus, bacon and chicken,  easy honey mustard pork chops, and pasta with peas, ham and cream. What are your favorite weeknight meals?  I'm always looking for new inspiration!

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Yield: 6 Servings
One Pot Taco Pasta

One Pot Taco Pasta

Make your whole dinner in one pot and in about a half hour. This taco pasta is quick, easy and full of veggies. It is a complete meal and there's only one pot to clean!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 30 M


  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup corn (frozen, canned or fresh would be ok)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (jack, cheddar or your favorite)
  • optional: extra salsa, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, green onions etc. for serving


  1. Chop onions and green peppers.
  2. In a large skillet that has a lid, brown the ground beef seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. As the beef is finishing, add the onion and green pepper until the onions start to get translucent. Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  3. Add the pasta, corn, beans, salsa and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it starts to look dry, add a bit more water.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
  6. Serve with additional toppings as desired.
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Make your whole dinner in one pot and in about a half hour.  This taco pasta is quick, easy and full of veggies. It is a complete meal and there's only one pot to clean!


  1. I love that you can cook the whole dinner in one pot!

  2. I LOVE how colorful and hearty this is! Two big thumbs up and cannot wait to try it!

  3. One pot meals are just the best aren't they? I loooove the sound of this one!

    1. They are, so quick and easy and not too much to clean up! Thanks!

  4. Hi Carlee, who doesn't like a good one pot meal? Your taco pasta is proper comfort food too. I'm sure I saw some taco seasoning recently, will have to pick some up now... I swear by my slow cooker for timesaving. They are one kitchen 'must have' I couldn't do without.


    1. The slow cooker is definitely a handy must have! We are big taco fans here, so anything taco inspired is bound to be a hit.

  5. This is a kind of pasta that I know everybody would like! And it's so convenient to make this! Love the recipe!

  6. Yummy!! This is a winning dish! Bonus that it's a one pot meal!

  7. We will really enjoy your One Pot Taco Pasta, this is a great recipe! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. After 25 minutes the beef will be still chewy while the pasta will be pulp like.

    1. You brown the beef before you add the pasta and liquid, so it is fully cooked already. The pasta takes a little longer to cook this way due to the lower cooking temperature and smaller amount of liquid. The starches help thicken the sauce and bring it all together. It is the beauty of the one pot pasta cooking method!


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