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Simple One-Skillet Taco Pasta

Easy recipes 101: if it has the word taco in it, you can make it simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I know REAL Mexican tacos take a lot of time and love to get the meat and tortillas perfect, but I'm just a mom throwing together a one-skillet taco pasta!

Tacos, coffee and sarcasm. I'll take, “What The Mad Mommy lives on” for $800, Alex! In all seriousness though, it's totally true. I could survive the rest of my days on taco/taco-esque food and coffee! The sarcasm, that just comes with the package! Easy recipes 101: if it has the word taco in it, you can make it simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I know REAL Mexican tacos take a lot of time and love to get the meat and tortillas perfect, but I'm just a mom throwing together a simple one-skillet taco pasta!

Easy recipes 101: if it has the word taco in it, you can make it simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I know REAL Mexican tacos take a lot of time and love to get the meat and tortillas perfect, but I'm just a mom throwing together a one-skillet taco pasta!

Taco Pasta:

Say What?!

It is actually pretty amazing, how well the American-taco flavors blend and melt into the pasta. I have even used my leftover taco meat and re-fried beans, to make a taco pasta later!

One-Skillet:

With one-skillet meals, it is all about prep. Make sure you grab your ingredients, dice your veggies, brown your meat (if need be) and open any cans or packets you may have.

It is actually pretty amazing, how well the American-taco flavors blend and melt into the pasta. I have even used my leftover taco meat and re-fried beans, to make a taco pasta later!

Combine your ingredients in your skillet, cover it and bring it to a boil over medium heat. You'll want to cook it for about 15 minutes and stir it occasionally, so the pasta doesn't stick.

Pro Tip:

This recipe can be adapted for vegetarians,
by swapping the beef for mushrooms and using vegetable stock.

With one-skillet meals, it is all about prep. Make sure you grab your ingredients, dice your veggies, brown your meat (if need be) and open any cans or packets you may have.

Serve this up hot a dollop of sour cream and you've got an amazing meal in about 20 minutes! (Other fun topping: Jalapenos, black olives, green onions, cilantro, fried tortilla strips and taco sauce!

Easy recipes 101: if it has the word taco in it, you can make it simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I know REAL Mexican tacos take a lot of time and love to get the meat and tortillas perfect, but I'm just a mom throwing together a one-skillet taco pasta!
Easy recipes 101: if it has the word taco in it, you can make it simple. Now, don't get me wrong. I know REAL Mexican tacos take a lot of time and love to get the meat and tortillas perfect, but I'm just a mom throwing together a one-skillet taco pasta!
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Taco Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz small, uncooked pasta like, small shells, Ditalini or small elbow macaroni
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 15oz can of corn
  • 1 pd cooked ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 pack taco seasoning or homemade
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • cheese, sour cream, onions, chives, etc for topping

Instructions

  1. In a large high sided skillet, combine the pasta, black beans, corn, ground beef, green onion, salsa, taco seasoning and broth.

  2. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. 

  3. Cook 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender.

  4. Remove from heat.

  5. Top with cheese, and allow to melt before serving.

  6. Serve with additional cheese and sour cream. 
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9 Comments

  1. OMG I love tacos! This really looks so yummy! Will definitely try this out with the husband.

  2. This looks delicious! We make a lot of taco salad and I’m sure we would love this too. Looks easy enough for our busy weeknights, too.

  3. oh this looks so easy and yummy. I love anything with black beans!

  4. Monidipa Dutta says:

    5 stars
    I love tacos. And this looks so yummy! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! It left me drooling..!!

  5. 5 stars
    One skillet meals are a definite essential in the house. I know that my daughter and I love our tacos, and we would love this as well.

  6. Bindu Thomas says:

    5 stars
    It looks delicious! I love that it include my favorite food items together. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am a big fan of black beans and am always looking for ways to bring more of it into my diet. This is a great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    The Taco Pasta is awesome! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe

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