Dinner Tonight: Taco Pasta

A pasta that tastes like a taco?  Say it ain’t so! 
I’ve seen several of these types of recipes floating around Pinterest, so I thought I’d create my own.  This was really yummy (and super simple to make!).  Dig in!
Shopping List
1 pound ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 package taco seasoning
3 ounces cream cheese
2 cups taco sauce (or salsa if you have it)
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1 pound pasta
Green onions and/or sour cream to garnish
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large skillet, add a few tablespoons EVOO over medium-high heat. Brown ground beef until crumbly and cooked.  Meanwhile, bring another large pasta pot up to a boil.  Drop pasta and cook to al dente. Drain and reserve.
After your ground meat is finished cooking, reduce heat to low and stir in taco seasoning and cream cheese.  Cook until cream cheese is melted and incorporated.  Stir in taco sauce, corn and half of both cheeses.  Add hot pasta and toss until incorporated.
Pour mixture into an 8 x8 inch baking dish.  Top with remaining cheeses.  Cover with foil and cook about 15 minutes.  Remove foil and cook another 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and garnish with sour cream and/or green onions.
So simple!  This would make a great freezer meal or pot luck too.  Enjoy!
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  • Joy April 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Sounds delicious and easy. I am making this tonight with leftover chicken. Thanks for the easy, simple dinner meals. Makes cooking dinner a breeze.

  • Marie Matter November 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Shay! I'm planning on making something like this recipe this coming week. I have a HUGE amount of taco seasoning that I got at the farmer's market, and was wondering what you thought the equivalent would be for one packet? Thanks dear!! xx

  • Mix and Match Mama November 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I would use 3 tablespoons of seasoning!! Great question!

  • Erika March 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I am definitely making that taco pasta ASAP! It looks delish and I"ms sure that my hubby will love it…

  • Katie Hooper April 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I made this last night and it was Fantastic, i just changed the pasta from penne to spirals.

  • Susan Murray May 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Making this for dinner tonight! It looks and smells yummy! My only glitch was there was no way it would fit in an 8×8 baking dish–I had to use a 13×9. Am I the only one with this issue? Thank you for such a delicious dish!

  • Dani {Adventures of a Pharm Girl} June 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Hey! This sounds soo yummy! If using a measuring cup, how much cream cheese would you use? I can't wait to try it!!
    xo Dani

  • Mix and Match Mama June 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    About 1/3 of a cup is 3 oz. Enjoy!

  • Nina Fullerton September 23, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I made this recipe tonight after seeing your 'Meal Planning Mondays' post and boy was it delicious! So good that my boyfriend said, "Wow, I'm impressed! You tell Mix and Match Mama that I say thank you!"

    So.. Thank you!! There are two tummies out in Oregon that are very happy tonight.

    xx Nina & Jacob

  • Anonymous September 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Making this soon for my 18 year old who tries to eat 4,000 calories a day. He is an athlete who struggles to keep weight on his 6'6 frame. This will be wonderful for dinner and then leftovers for school lunch the next day. Debbie from N. Indiana