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One Pot Taco Pasta

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Make your whole dinner in one pot and in about a half hour.  This taco pasta is quick, easy and full of veggies. It is a complete meal and there’s only one pot to clean!

plate of taco pasta topped with sour cream salsa and jalapenos

      The taco flavors we love collide with cheesy pasta in a one skillet meal that is going to be a new favorite! If you are like us, the rat race seems to only keep speeding up.  There are always more things to do than hours to get them done.  So having a quick and easy meal in your back pocket is always welcome.

     If you have reached a point in your life where the pace has slowed down a bit, you might as well still make an easy dinner and kick your feel up a little.  And pleeeeeeease tell the rest of us your secrets. Pretty please with cherries on top!

    This is the perfect weeknight dinner as it is ready in about a half hour and there is only one skillet to clean afterward. Plus it is a family pleasing meal.  It is full of taco flavor and has plenty of meat, beans and corn to fill you up and feel satisfied and enough pasta and cheese to make it tasty and fun.

     Of course you can top it with whatever sounds good to you.  We love sour cream and green onions on Mexican inspired meals.

     I would have thrown some cilantro on there too if I had some on hand.  Top with some extra salsa if you’d like or another handful of cheese if that’s your favorite part.

pan filled with with taco mac and cheese

      Watch the family gobble this up and ask you to make it again.  Then luckily you will only have one skillet to wash and you are done!

      Some of our other favorite quick and easy dinners include easy honey mustard pork chops, and pasta with peas, ham and cream. What are your favorite weeknight meals?  I’m always looking for new inspiration!

plate of taco pasta

A few more taco inspired recipes:

One pan taco rice skillet is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table. It has maximum flavor with minimal dirty dishes!

Frito salad is a fun twist on a taco salad. It is loaded with flavor and is perfect for potlucks, but also makes a fun dinner main dish. The homemade catalina salad dressing is easy to make and the salad is packed full of goodies.

Yummy taco soup is loaded with flavor and pasta! Bonus: it is quick and easy to make with the help of an instant pot.

Yield: 6 Servings

One Pot Taco Pasta

plate of taco pasta

Make your whole dinner in one pot and in about a half hour. This taco pasta is quick, easy and full of veggies. It is a complete meal and there's only one pot to clean!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup corn (frozen, canned or fresh would be ok)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (jack, cheddar or your favorite)
  • optional: extra salsa, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, green onions etc. for serving


  1. Chop onions and green peppers.
  2. In a large skillet that has a lid, brown the ground beef seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. As the beef is finishing, add the onion and green pepper until the onions start to get translucent. Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  3. Add the pasta, corn, beans, salsa and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it starts to look dry, add a bit more water.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, remove from heat and stir in the cheese.
  6. Serve with additional toppings as desired.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1249mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 37g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Monday 5th of February 2018

After 25 minutes the beef will be still chewy while the pasta will be pulp like.


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

You brown the beef before you add the pasta and liquid, so it is fully cooked already. The pasta takes a little longer to cook this way due to the lower cooking temperature and smaller amount of liquid. The starches help thicken the sauce and bring it all together. It is the beauty of the one pot pasta cooking method!

Miz Helen

Monday 29th of January 2018

We will really enjoy your One Pot Taco Pasta, this is a great recipe! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 27th of January 2018

Yummy!! This is a winning dish! Bonus that it's a one pot meal!


Monday 29th of January 2018

Thank you!


Wednesday 24th of January 2018

This is a kind of pasta that I know everybody would like! And it's so convenient to make this! Love the recipe!


Friday 26th of January 2018

Thank you!

Angie - Big Bears Wife

Wednesday 24th of January 2018

Mmmm I bet this is fantastic!


Friday 26th of January 2018

It really is!