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 made this tonight it was supper easy and supper yummy! I have a large family so easy and fast is a big plus! So thank you thank you for sharing this! The only extra I did was add some black olives, My husband loves them it made it even more delicious! I also sided it with refried beans and tostado shells. This is a new family favorite.

  2. Made this tonight with ground turkey, home made taco seasoning, fat free cream cheese and plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Also whole wheat rotini pasta. Quick and delicious.

  3. Made this tonight! So easy to make and so yummy. Definitely reminiscent of eating actual tacos, but the pasta is a nice twist. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner today. Was really good. Would definitely make again. Thanks!

  5. I made this last week and it was fantastic! So happy with the way it turned out. Thanks for posting so many great recipes – I have many that are on the list of things to make in the near future!

  6. Just made this for lunch for my husband and I – in between studying. I am a super busy dental student always looking for quick and tasty foods! This hit the spot and would be great for single household and a large family!

  7. I made this last night and it was ABSOLUTELY delish! I used ground turkey, light sour cream & neufatel cheese, to cut down on calories, and it was PERFECT! Everyone MUST try it! 🙂

  8. This recipe is GREAT!!! I substituted Protein Crumbles for the meat (fake taco meat..LOL) It was a great vegetarian comfort food. Thanks for sharing this!!!

  9. Saw this on pintrest and made it tonight. Sooo good. Very difficult not to have seconds, although it's fairly filling.

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