Looking for a delicious and simple meal that combines the best of both worlds? This taco pasta recipe is perfect for busy parents, pasta lovers, and foodies alike. Inspired by the flavors of Mexican cuisine and the comfort of Italian pasta, this fusion dish is sure to become a family favorite. It's quick to make, full of flavor, and a fun twist on traditional pasta dishes.

taco pasta recipe

Ingredients Needed

Here's what you'll need to whip up this tasty taco pasta:

  • 8 oz. pasta (penne or rotini works best)
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey for a leaner option)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa (mild or spicy, based on preference)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • For a vegetarian version, replace the meat with more beans or a meat substitute.
  • If you're gluten-free, opt for gluten-free pasta.

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

1. Cook the Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain and set aside.

2. Brown the Meat

  • In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon.
  • Once browned, drain any excess fat.

3. Sauté Vegetables and Add Seasoning

  • Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet with the meat.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning and mix well.

4. Combine Ingredients

  • Add the cooked pasta, corn, black beans, and salsa to the skillet.
  • Stir until everything is well combined and heated through.

5. Add Cheese and Garnish

  • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top of the pasta.
  • Cover the skillet and let it sit for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Once the cheese is melted, sprinkle with fresh cilantro if desired.

Serving Suggestions

To make your taco pasta even more appealing, consider these serving tips:

  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole on top.
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a zesty kick.
  • Pair with a simple green salad or some garlic bread to make it a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Advice

Have leftovers? No problem! Here's how to store and reheat your taco pasta:

  • Storage: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating:
  • Microwave: Heat in a microwave-safe dish for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Stovetop: Reheat in a skillet over medium heat, adding a splash of water or broth to keep it moist.

Final Thoughts and Feedback

We hope you enjoy making and eating this taco pasta recipe as much as we do! It's a fantastic dish for busy weeknights and is sure to become a staple in your home. We'd love to hear how it turned out for you. Did you make any variations? Share your experience and photos in the comments below!

Happy cooking! 🍝🌮👩‍🍳


Remember to follow these steps and enjoy every bite of your delicious taco pasta! If you love this recipe, don't forget to share it with friends and family.

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