Taco Pasta Recipe

Taco Pasta Recipe

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4-6


  • 1/2 pound large shell pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, chopped green onions


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Add the large shell pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Once cooked, drain the pasta and set it aside.
  2. Brown the Ground Beef:
    • In a large skillet or frying pan, heat it over medium-high heat.
    • Add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula as it cooks.
    • Cook the beef until it’s browned and no longer pink, usually about 5-7 minutes.
    • Use a slotted spoon to remove any excess fat.
  3. Season the Beef:
    • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the browned beef.
    • Pour in the 3/4 cup of water.
  4. Simmer and Stir:
    • Stir the beef and water together until the taco seasoning is well incorporated.
    • Allow the mixture to simmer and cook down until most of the liquid has evaporated, leaving you with a flavorful taco meat. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  5. Combine Pasta and Taco Meat:
    • Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with the taco meat.
    • Stir to combine, ensuring the taco meat is evenly distributed throughout the pasta.
  6. Add Salsa:
    • Pour the jarred salsa over the pasta and meat mixture.
    • Stir well to combine, ensuring the pasta is coated with the salsa.
  7. Serve and Top:
    • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the pasta.
    • If desired, you can add optional toppings like sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, or chopped green onions.
  8. Serve Hot:
    • Serve your taco pasta hot, straight from the skillet.
    • Enjoy your delicious and comforting taco pasta meal!

This easy taco pasta recipe combines the flavors of tacos with the comfort of pasta, making it a family-friendly and satisfying dish. Feel free to customize it with your favorite taco toppings to suit your taste preferences.