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Taco Pasta is made in one pot with just a few simple ingredients. Ground beef, seasonings, salsa, and pasta noodles cook in one pot on the stove. Cheesy taco pasta is a simple, 30 minute dinner recipe that is sure to be a hit.

Taco Pasta Recipe


One pot, simple ingredients, and 30 minutes is all you need to make this delicious taco pasta that is filled with lots of cheese, ground beef, salsa, taco seasoning, and pasta noodles. 

I just love one pot recipes because everything cooks in one pan including the meat and the pasta. I always have some pasta noodles on hand and salsa (chips & salsa is my kids’ favorite snack) so whenever I have some ground beef that I don’t know what to do with, I make this taco pasta because it’s always a hit. 

Taco Pasta


  • Ground Beef – I always use lean 93/7 ground beef. You drain the grease anyways after cooking so you can use whatever ground beef you want. 
  • Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Cumin – These are the dried spices for the ground beef. 
  • Water – I have tried using chicken broth or beef broth and it’s way too salty so trust me on the water. 
  • Salsa
  • Mild Taco Seasoning – If you want a kick then use hot taco seasoning or regular taco seasoning. I prefer mild because it’s just right for kids to eat without all the spicy flavors of regular taco seasoning. You could also use reduced-sodium taco seasoning if you are trying to cut sodium. 
  • Rotini Pasta Noodles – Do not cook these before adding them into the pot. They will cook in the pot during the 15 minute cook time. You could try using another similar sized pasta but I prefer the rotini in this recipe. 
  • Shredded Cheese – I use Colby Jack cheese but feel free to use whatever you want. Pepper Jack cheese for a kick would be yummy or plain cheddar cheese would be good too. 

How to make Taco Pasta with step-by-step photo instructions.


  1. Brown ground beef with the salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin in a skillet pan (with a  lid) over medium high heat. Cook and crumble the ground beef as you cook it. Once it’s no longer pink drain the excess grease. 
  2. Add the water, salsa, taco seasoning, and dried pasta noodles. Bring to a boil. Once boiling cover with the lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the shredded cheese and stir to combine it all together. 
  4. Serve with your favorite taco toppings (sour cream, chopped tomato, olives, avocado slices, etc)

Taco Pasta


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Taco Pasta Recipe
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One Pot Taco Pasta

Author Jessica
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Taco Pasta is made in one pot with just a few simple ingredients. Ground beef, seasonings, salsa, and pasta noodles cook in one pot on the stove. Cheesy taco pasta is a simple, 30 minute dinner recipe that is sure to be a hit.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rotini pasta noodles
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 packet (1 oz) mild taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheese more or less to taste


  • In a skillet pan, over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef with the onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. Cook and crumble until the beef is no longer pink. Drain.
    * Use a large skillet pan or pot with high sides and one with a lid.
  • Add the dry pasta noodles, water, salsa, and taco seasoning packet. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and cover the pot with the lid. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add the shredded cheese and stir until it's combined and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings. We like to top ours with sour cream, cilantro, and chopped tomatoes.


Taco Seasoning : I prefer the mild taco seasoning packet because it's easier on the kids. I actually like it in this recipe because you have the spice from the salsa, so I feel like the mild seasoning does better. Of course, feel free to use regular taco seasoning or even the hot taco seasoning for some spice. 
Can I make this spicy? : Yes! Use hot taco seasoning. Add some cayenne pepper in with the other dried seasonings. Use Pepper Jack cheese. You could also add a can of green chilies (drained). 
Water : I have tried making this with chicken broth and beef broth and it's too salty. Feel free to make the swap but the overall taste of the dish may be too salty. I always make this water. 
Shredded Cheese : I use Colby Jack cheese. You could use cheddar cheese or even Pepper Jack cheese for some spice. 


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Made taco pasta salad tonight for supper it was amazing. My new favorite salad and the family. Thanks for sharing recipe p

  2. CavScout mum says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this multiple times and no matter if I use salsa, rotel or crushed tomatoes it’s fantastic! My Army brat loves it and so do I….he has no idea how easy it is to make!

    1. Lucy Pulsipher says:

      Hahaha, the best part is that he doesn’t have to know! I love when a recipe is versatile. Thanks for commenting!

  3. 5 stars
    So yummy! The whole family loved it.

    1. Together as Family says:

      I’m so glad! Thanks for commenting.