Easy Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta – taco meat and pasta tossed in a quick homemade creamy sauce – SO good! Ready in under 30 minutes!! Kids (and adults) gobble this up!! Hamburger meat, taco seasoning, onion, garlic, salsa, pasta, sour cream and cream cheese. Seriously DELISH!

Taco Pasta - taco meat and pasta tossed in a quick homemade creamy sauce - SO good! Ready in under 30 minutes!! Kids (and adults) gobble this up!! Hamburger meat, taco seasoning, onion, garlic, salsa, pasta, sour cream and cream cheese. Seriously DELISH!

I love Mexican/Tex-Mex food. I don’t go out to eat it much anymore, so I am always on the hunt for a good recipe to try at home. I saw this over on Fake Ginger and immediately added it to our menu.

I love quick and easy weeknight meals and this recipe fit both of those criteria. We loved this pasta dish.  I had to make myself not go back for seconds.  It was that good.  It tasted like a taco, believe it or not! Shocking, I know, since the dish is called Taco Pasta.  Give it a try on your next taco night.

Taco Pasta - taco meat and pasta tossed in a quick homemade creamy sauce - SO good! Ready in under 30 minutes!! Kids (and adults) gobble this up!! Hamburger meat, taco seasoning, onion, garlic, salsa, pasta, sour cream and cream cheese. Seriously DELISH!
Taco Pasta - taco meat and pasta tossed in a quick homemade creamy sauce - SO good! Ready in under 30 minutes!! Kids (and adults) gobble this up!! Hamburger meat, taco seasoning, onion, garlic, salsa, pasta, sour cream and cream cheese. Seriously DELISH!

Yield: serves 4

Taco Pasta

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8-oz small pasta shells
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 4-oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded Cheese for topping

instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add onion flakes and garlic, cook about 30 seconds.
  3. Mix in the salsa and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream, and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with shredded cheese and more sour cream and salsa if desired.

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Comments

  1. i make something seriously similar to this, but i use ground turkey and velveeta mac and cheese! cook the mac in 2.5 cups of water, add in cooked ground turkey and cheese sauce packet and taco seasoning. it's freaking AMAZING. 🙂

  2. I made this tonight for dinner but double the pasta & sauce ingredients, except for the taco season, onion & garlic. It was a huge hit! Love your blog–thanks!
    Brenda

  3. I actually have my own version of taco pasta. It is good stuff and fast! I thought of it after making your pizza pasta, which btw, needs to be made again & soon!
    ~ingrid

  4. Crap crap crappity crap!!! I mean crud.

    I was looking for a recipe to make tonight and ended up making tacos instead. This would have been PERFECT for what I had on hand. Seriously.

    Saving it for the next time.

    PS: I bet $20 this is the first comment you ever had that started with "Crap crap crappity crap" but I could be wrong:)

  5. Southern Living has a very similar recipe (but with black beans and corn) that I've had bookmarked to make…but I guess I've been a little wary of the Mexican-pasta combination. Now I'm definitely trying it!

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