Taco Pasta Casserole

Taco Pasta Casserole Recipe – get ready to experience a flavor-packed fiesta! This Tex-Mex twist on a classic comfort food brings together tender pasta, seasoned ground beef, zesty tomatoes, and a blend of Mexican spices, all topped with a generous layer of ooey-gooey cheese that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Serve it with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, diced tomatoes, and fresh cilantro for a customizable and delicious meal.

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This Taco Pasta Casserole is a new family favorite! Brace yourself for a fiesta of flavors in every bite! Imagine tender pasta, seasoned ground beef, zesty tomatoes, and a medley of Mexican spices, all layered with ooey-gooey cheese. This casserole is a Tex-Mex twist on classic comfort food, bringing together the best of both worlds. The combination of savory, spicy, and cheesy flavors is simply irresistible. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or simply treating your family to a delicious meal, this taco pasta recipe is a guaranteed winner. Top it with your favorite taco toppings, such as sour cream, guacamole, and fresh cilantro, to take it to the next level.

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How to Make Taco Pasta Casserole

This casserole is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add elbow macaroni to the pot and cook according to package instructions for al dente. Drain and set aside.

While the pasta is cooking, cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add taco seasoning and Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles to the skillet and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add Velveeta cheese to the skillet and cook over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, stir together the beef mixture, black beans, corn, Alfredo sauce, shredded cheese, and cooked pasta. Pour the pasta mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated oven until bubbly. Top the casserole with more shredded cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Garnish with fresh cilantro or green onions.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for lower calories.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Variations/Additions:
    • onion
    • bell peppers
    • mushrooms
    • black olives
  • You can use any cheese that you enjoy in this dish. Shredded cheddar cheese, Pepper jack, Monterey Jack cheese, or a Mexican cheese blend are all delicious.
  • Can I make Taco Pasta Casserole ahead of time? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Store the casserole in the fridge overnight.
    • When ready to bake, bring the dish to room temperature and bake as directed.
  • Can I freeze Taco Pasta? Yes! Prepare the casserole and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • When ready to eat, thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat in the microwave.
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What to Serve with Taco Pasta Bake

When it comes to serving this casserole, the possibilities are endless. For a complete Tex-Mex feast, serve it with our Mexican Chopped Salad with Homemade Mexican Ranch Dressing. You can also add a side of tortilla chips and homemade guacamole or salsa for an extra kick of flavor and crunch. And let’s not forget about the toppings! Offer a variety of options like diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sliced jalapeños, and sour cream, so everyone can customize their casserole to their liking. So, whether you’re hosting a casual dinner with friends or enjoying a cozy family meal, this is sure to earn a spot in your dinner rotation.

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Taco Pasta Casserole

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Taco Pasta Casserole Recipe – get ready to experience a flavor-packed fiesta! This Tex-Mex twist on a classic comfort food brings together tender pasta, seasoned ground beef, zesty tomatoes, and a blend of Mexican spices, all topped with a generous layer of ooey-gooey cheese. It's a cheesy, savory, and satisfying dish that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Serve it with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, diced tomatoes, and fresh cilantro for a customizable and delicious meal.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add elbow macaroni to the pot and cook according to package instructions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
  • Add taco seasoning and Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles to the skillet and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add Velveeta cheese to the skillet and cook over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the beef mixture, black beans, corn, Alfredo sauce, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and cooked pasta.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until bubbly. Top the casserole with more shredded cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for lower calories.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Can I make Taco Pasta Casserole ahead of time? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Store the casserole in the fridge overnight.
    • When ready to bake, bring the dish to room temperature and bake as directed.
  • Can I freeze Taco Pasta? Yes! Prepare the casserole and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • When ready to eat, thaw and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat in the microwave.

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