Home > Dinner > Taco Pasta Taco Pasta January 28, 2020 | 111 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Look at this cheesy Taco Pasta with taco-seasoned ground beef, taco sauce, pasta, corn, and of course, lots of cheese. This meal comes together in one pan – even the pasta gets cooked in the same pot. Pair Taco Pasta with a big salad like this Italian salad, this Caprese salad, or this panzanella salad. A couple days ago I shared my obsession with oatmeal cookies, and today I’m sharing an equal obsession with one pan/one pot meals. When a dinner comes together super quick and dirties minimal dishes, it’s a beautiful thing :). Cheesy, delicious Taco Pasta is inspired by Hamburger Helper (a staple from my childhood), but made with real food. As a result, you’ll find no fake ingredients in this meal and trust me, there’s a huge difference in taste — for the better of course! How to make Taco Pasta Below is a quick overview of the steps for making this easy pasta dish. The numbers on the photo collages (above and below this text) correlate with the steps listed below. Brown the ground beef. Sauté the onion and garlic. Taco seasoning: either homemade or store-bought will work with this recipe Sauté the spices to intensify the flavors. Add in the salsa and corn and water. Next add the UNCOOKED pasta and taco sauce. Here’s a great place to add back in that ground beef 🙂 Stir everything together and simmer. After it’s simmered, add in some more water and continue to simmer it until pasta is al dente. Stir in the cheese (add as much as you’d like!) and stir until nice and melted. And that’s it — perfectly cheesy, zesty Taco Pasta. All that’s left is adding the toppings. Our favorite Taco Pasta toppings While Taco Pasta is delicious as is, it’s even tastier with some toppings. Whatever you like on regular tacos will probably go great with this dish. Below are our favorites: freshly squeezed lime juice fresh cherry tomatoes ripe, thinly sliced avocado (or guacamole) fresh diced cilantro or green onions sour cream (low fat or fat free is great) Quick notes Be mindful when substituting different kinds of pasta. Elbow macaroni cooks quickly so it works well in this taco pasta. However, if you use larger noodles, it may take a bit longer and may require more water/liquid to cook through. Make sure to use a LARGE nonstick skillet. There are a lot of ingredients in this amazing dish and therefore it won’t cook properly in a small pan. Also, the pasta may stick and burn to the bottom if you don’t use a nonstick skillet. Add additional water if needed: Every stove top is different and so the skillet you’re using is likely different than mine. Because of this, check the pasta at the times I’ve indicated, and don’t be afraid to add a little extra water or give the pasta a little extra time to cook through. Just taste a few noodles to see if they need a little more time (and if the water has evaporated, add in a bit more). Taste and adjust seasoning: Depending on the taco seasoning you use, you may need to add additional salt or pepper at the end, so just give the dish a taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Homemade taco seasoning Here’s my favorite homemade taco seasoning: 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika and 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper Simply whisk these seasonings together in a small bowl and use in place of the taco seasoning packet in this Taco Pasta. More easy dinner recipes: One Pan Shrimp and Sausage Beef Tacos ready in 30 minutes or less! One Pan Italian Sausage & Veggies reader favorite One Skillet Lemon Chicken & Potatoes Chicken Stir Fry ready in 30 minutes or less! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta 4.94 from 32 votes - Review this recipe A cheesy taco pasta dish with taco seasoned ground beef, taco sauce, pasta, corn, and lots of cheese! This meal comes together all in one pot - even the pasta gets cooked in the same pan. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta 4.94 from 32 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe A cheesy taco pasta dish with taco seasoned ground beef, taco sauce, pasta, corn, and lots of cheese! This meal comes together all in one pot - even the pasta gets cooked in the same pan. Course Dinner Cuisine Mexican Keyword taco pasta Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 6 servings Calories 344kcal Author Chelsea Lords Ingredients▢ 1 pound extra lean ground beef▢ 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced▢ 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic▢ 1 packet taco seasoning Note 1▢ 2 cups water, separated▢ 1 cup mild salsa Note 2▢ 1 cup frozen corn▢ 2 cups (10 ounces) elbow macaroni▢ 1 cup mild taco sauce▢ 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups Mexican shredded cheese or sharp cheddar cheese▢ Optional toppings: green onions or cilantro, sour cream, diced tomatoes, diced avocado InstructionsBEEF: Brown the ground beef in a large nonstick skillet. Transfer the beef to a plate and drain the fat. Add in the onion and garlic in the skillet. Stir until fragrant - about 30 seconds to a minute on medium-high heat. Add in the taco seasoning and stir for 30 more seconds.OTHER INGREDIENTS: Add in one cup of water, salsa, and corn. Stir well and add in the uncooked pasta, taco sauce, and reserved cooked beef.BOIL & SIMMER: Bring mixture to a boil and then lower to low-medium heat and cover the skillet with a lid. Let simmer for about 5-7 minutes and then add in the last cup of water and stir everything together again. Return lid and let simmer until pasta is tender, about another 5-7 minutes.ADD TOPPINGS: Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Stir into the pasta until melted. Top taco pasta with optional toppings of choice. We love avocado, sour cream, cherry tomatoes, and fresh cilantro or green onions. Serve immediately. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: if you'd rather use a homemade taco seasoning mix, stir together the below seasonings and use in place of the packet: 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon paprika and 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper Note 2: If you don’t use a non-stick skillet, you’ll need to stir the pasta ever 3-4 minutes to keep from sticking. During the simmering stage, keep an eye on the liquid level and add up to ¼ cup water if the water has evaporated before the pasta is tender. Note 3: This dish can end up fairly spicy depending on the salsa and taco sauce used. If you're worried about heat, be sure to taste both before adding into this recipe. Nutrition FactsServing: 6servings | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10.8g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 542mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 3.9g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.