A cheesy taco pasta dish with taco seasoned ground beef, taco sauce, corn, and plenty of cheese that comes together all in one pot – even the pasta gets cooked in the same pot!
Yep. You read that introduction right – all in ONE pot, even the pasta. This dish could not be any simpler – especially when you consider the only dish that needs to be cleaned is the pot.
Oh, and if you choose to use plates. That is, if this dish even makes it to plates…
I shared a couple days ago my obsession with oatmeal cookies, but I think I am about equally obsessed with one-pot/one-pot meals. When a dinner comes together super quick and dirties minimal dishes, it’s a beautiful thing.
And the one pot dinner can be healthy too! Like my one pot quinoa & vegetable dish. That was healthy & easy perfection.
This dish = cheesy perfection. Because, as you can see, there is no skimping on the cheese in this cheesy taco pasta!
Ready for a step-by-step photo to see how EASY this is:
Told you it was easy! There are basically two steps – cooking the ground beef and then adding in all the other ingredients to let it simmer. Make sure to watch the dish so the noodles don’t get stuck to the bottom of the pot. Especially if you don’t have a non-stick pot – you will want to stir the ingredients a couple times during the whole simmering process.
I’d also be careful about substituting different kinds of pasta. The macaroni noodles cook quickly and work well in this dish. If you use larger noodles, it may take a bit longer and may require more water.
And finally, get creative with your toppings! Whatever you like on regular tacos will (probably) go great with this dish. I added some green onions which were great. Other ideas: a dollup of sour cream, some diced tomatoes, or even a chopped up avocado.
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A cheesy taco pasta dish with taco seasoned ground beef, taco sauce, corn, and plenty of cheese that comes together all in one pot - even the pasta gets cooked in the same pot!
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cups water separated
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 2 cups elbow macaroni 10 ounces
- 1 cup taco sauce
- 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups taco or Mexican shredded cheese
- Optional toppings: green onions, sour cream, diced tomatoes, diced avocado
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.
Drain the fat and add in the onion and garlic. Stir until fragrant - about 30 seconds to a minute on medium-high heat.
Add in one cup of water, salsa, corn, and taco seasoning. Stir well and add in the uncooked pasta and taco sauce.
Bring 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.
(If you don't have a nonstick skillet, you will need to stir this every 3-4 minutes so it doesn't stick to the bottom.)
Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Top with optional toppings of choice.