One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe

This delicious One Pot Taco Pasta recipe combines the comfort of pasta with the exciting flavors of taco night, making it the perfect choice for an easy dinner that the entire family will love, especially during those busy nights!

One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe in a bowl

This dish has everything you’d expect in a good beef taco. Ground beef browned with taco seasoning? Check. Fragrant minced garlic? Check. Chunky tomato salsa? Check yet again. But instead of loading these ingredients into tortillas, you simmer them in a saucepan with pasta shells and beef broth until all those zesty flavors melt and fuse together.

Then all you have to do is melt some shredded cheese into the mixture, sprinkle on some cilantro, and serve. It’s got all the flavor of taco night with only one pan to clean up.

One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe  in a pot
How should I store my One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe?

This Taco Pasta should be allowed to cool to room temperature before storing. Any leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and used within 3-4 days.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

Yes! Substitute the beef with a can of black beans or a meat substitute and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

What if I don’t have taco seasoning?

You can make your own using a blend of garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Adjust the spices to your taste preference. I also have a homemade taco season recipe!

How can I make this dish creamier?

Stir in some sour cream or cream cheese just before serving to create a richer, creamy sauce.

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Can I freeze this taco pasta?

You can also freeze these leftovers for up to 4 months but be aware that freezing and thawing noodles may affect their texture. Depending on the quality of noodle and the time it is stored, it may become mushy or soggy when reheated.

ingredients for Easy One Pot Taco Pasta recipe

Substitutions: You can use ground turkey or ground chicken as a healthier alternative to ground beef. Both maintain the delicious flavors of tacos while reducing the fat content.

Cheese Varieties: If marbled cheddar isn’t available, try using a Mexican blend or pepper jack for a spicier touch. Mixing in some cream cheese can add a creamy texture to the sauce.

Pasta Choices: While pasta shells are recommended, feel free to use any small pasta you have on hand. Just ensure there’s enough liquid to cover the pasta so it cooks evenly.

Cooking Pasta: Aim for ‘al dente’ pasta by cooking it just enough to retain a slight chew. This prevents the pasta from becoming mushy, especially if you plan on reheating leftovers.

Boosting Flavors: Add green chiles or chili powder for an extra kick. A dash of hot sauce or your own homemade taco seasoning can also enhance the taco flavors.

Garnishing: Besides cilantro, consider topping with green onions, extra cheese, or your favorite taco toppings to personalize each plate.

Serving: Serve this hearty meal with simple side dishes like a green salad or steamed vegetables to round out dinner.

One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe

  1. Place the ground beef in a large saucepan on the stove and sprinkle with the taco seasoning packet. taco seasoning and ground beef in a pot
  2. Brown over medium heat until cooked through, crumbling and mixing as you cook, about 5-7 minutes.  Drain off and discard any excess grease. 
  3. Add in the minced garlic and cook for one more minute or until fragrant. garlic added to pot with beef
  4. Stir in the salsa and beef broth, and then bring to a boil. salsa and beef broth added to the pot
  5. Pour in the pasta and stir well, then reduce to a simmer. pasta added to pot
  6. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through but not mushy. Be sure to stir frequently so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. noodles cooking in the pot
  7. Once the pasta is finished, turn off the heat and stir in the marbled cheddar cheese until fully melted and combined.shredded cheese added to pot
  8. Serve hot, garnished with minced cilantro, optional. One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe in a pot
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Easy One Pot Taco Pasta Recipe

This delicious One Pot Taco Pasta recipe combines the comfort of pasta with the exciting flavors of taco night, making it the perfect choice dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups chunky salsa
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 16 ounce box of pasta shells
  • 8 ounces brick marbled cheddar cheese shredded
  • Optional garnish minced cilantro

Instructions

  • Place the ground beef in a large saucepan on the stove and sprinkle with the taco seasoning packet.
  • Brown over medium heat until cooked through, crumbling and mixing as you cook, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain off and discard any excess grease.
  • Add in the minced garlic and cook for one more minute or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the salsa and beef broth, and then bring to a boil.
  • Pour in the pasta and stir well, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through but not mushy. Be sure to stir frequently so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the pasta is finished, turn off the heat and stir in the marbled cheddar cheese until fully melted and combined.
  • Serve hot, garnished with minced cilantro, optional.

Nutrition

Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 2770mg | Potassium: 1132mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1857IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 492mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer: Family Fresh Meals is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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