One-Pot Taco Pasta – An EASY recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet, and loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors!! A family favorite that’s great for busy weeknights!!

overhead view of one pot taco pasta loaded with ground beef and beans

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

The beauty of this taco pasta skillet is that’s ready in 20 minutes and it’s made in one skillet. Only one skillet to wash is the name of this tune.

And there’s no waiting for water to boil and cooking pasta separately before adding it back into the dish. This recipe is how you streamline dinners and make things easier on yourself.

It’s full of all your favorite Mexican-inspired taco flavors and fixings. And it reminds me of this One-Skillet Tex Mex Beef Mac & Cheese, which is a family favorite.

Who can resist taco-seasoned ground beef, perfectly al dente pasta, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, black beans, and plenty of melted cheese that sticks to the pasta? Topped with green onions, it’s a fiesta at the dinner table that the whole family will love.

overhead view of one pot taco pasta

What’s in This Cheesy Taco Pasta? 

To make this one-pot taco pasta recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Olive oil
  • Ground beef
  • Taco seasoning 
  • Cumin 
  • Cayenne
  • Pasta 
  • Water
  • Frozen corn
  • Petite diced tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend 
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions 

one pot cheesy taco pasta garnished with sliced green onions

How to Make One-Pot Taco Pasta

Simply brown the ground beef before adding taco seasoning, water, corn, canned tomatoes, and black beans. After the pasta is cooked, stir in the cheese, and garnish with green onions and cilantro.

If you want to add some avocado, it would be lovely.

Can I Meal Prep This Cheesy Taco Pasta? 

Yes! It’s a great recipe to make when you want to have planned leftovers, aka meal prepping, because it makes a big batch. Simply add the leftovers to individual plastic containers and store them in the fridge for about 5 days. Or for longer term storage, this is a very freezer-friendly recipe.

We heat the containers up in the micro for easy grab-and-serve lunches or hectic weeknight dinners on the fly.

Can I Make This Vegetarian? 

Ground beef taco pasta not your thing? You can definitely omit the ground beef, but you’ll lose some of the flavor of the dish. You might want to add an extra can of beans to make up for it and / or some additional seasonings. 

One-Pot Taco Pasta – An EASY recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet, and loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors!! A family favorite that’s great for busy weeknights!!

Tips for Making Ground Beef Taco Pasta

I used a 90% lean ground beef and didn’t feel the need to drain off the excess grease. However, if you use a fattier beef you may need to drain off the grease. 

Use a short, sturdy pasta for this recipe. I used wagon wheels, but bowtie, rotini, penne, and small shells, are all okay. 

I used no-salt added canned goods so I added salt to my pasta dish. Salt and pepper the final dish as desired. 

One-Pot Taco Pasta
Yield: 8

One-Pot Taco Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

An EASY recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes, made in ONE skillet, and loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors!! A family favorite that’s great for busy weeknights!!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 90%)
  • one 1-ounce packet taco seasoning (I used reduced sodium, medium heat)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • pinch cayenne, optional and to taste
  • 8 ounces dry uncooked pasta (I used wagon wheels; bowtie, rotini, penne, small shells, etc. are ok)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • one 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain, I used no salt added)
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used no salt added)
  • 2 cups Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, optional
  • 2 or 3 green onions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
  • salt and pepper, optional and to taste

Instructions

  1. To a large skillet, add the oil, beef, and cook over medium-high heat, crumbling and stirring frequently as it cooks. I don’t find the need to drain it; and the extra bit of fat will prevent the pasta from sticking later.
  2. Add the taco seasoning, cumin, optional cayenne (I don’t think it makes it hot, rather it gives it flavor), and stir to combine.
  3. Add the dry pasta, water, corn, tomatoes, beans, and stir to combine.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked through.
  5. Evenly sprinkle the cheese and stir to combine.
  6. Optionally add the sour cream and stir to combine.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the green onions, taste to check for seasoning balance, and if desired add salt and pepper (I used no salt added canned goods and needed to add a bit of salt and pepper), and serve immediately.

Notes

Storage: Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adapted from One Skillet Beef Taco Pasta.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 834mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 36g

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