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Cheesy, creamy, and packed with shell noodles, ground beef, lots of tomatoes, and all your favorite Tex-Mex toppings, one-pot Skillet Taco Pasta is as dreamy as it is filling and flavorful.

One Skillet Taco Pasta


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8 1x

Description

Cheesy, creamy, and packed with shell noodles, ground beef, lots of tomatoes, and all your favorite Tex-Mex toppings, one-pot Skillet Taco Pasta is as dreamy as it is filling and flavorful.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 of a large white onion, diced
  • 8 ounces uncooked medium shell pasta (about 2.5 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 generous tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (such as cheddar or Colby)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh tomato, avocado, diced green onion, and black olives for serving

Instructions

  • In a large pot or skillet with a lid, add the ground beef and onion, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the ground beef is cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Add the uncooked pasta, water, diced tomatoes (with the juice), tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt to the pan, and stir to combine well.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer. When the mixture is simmering, reduce the heat to medium, and add the lid.
  • Cook until the pasta is tender, about 12 minutes.
  • When the pasta is tender, stir in sour cream and half of the cheese. Stir until well combined.
  • Place the rest of the cheese on top of the pasta, and add the lid to melt the cheese.
  • When the cheese is melted, add the chopped fresh tomato, avocado, green onions, and black olives and serve hot.
  • We also like this with a little hot sauce and even shredded lettuce for serving.

Notes

  • You can use just about any medium-sized pasta for this recipe.
  • Feel free to sub ground turkey or chicken for the beef if you prefer.
  • You can use 2 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix in place of the spices to speed up the process if you like.
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dinner, easy dinner, ground beef, taco, pasta, 30 minute meal