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Cheesy Beef One Pot Taco Pasta

This one pot taco pasta is always a dinner hit in our house. Years ago I created Instant Pot taco pasta which we loved but I don’t always want to use my pressure cooker. I like to make it on the stove top too so I thought I would share my step by step for that with you too.

One Pot Taco Pasta recipe

You can serve taco casserole hot or cold, both are great. If I am making this as a super easy ground beef recipe for dinner I will keep it warm in bowls. BUT it makes a great potluck side dish as well!! Heartier than others with the hamburger meat inside, it goes great with any main dish. (affiliate links present)

Taco Pasta with Ground Beef

This is How Long to Cook Ground Beef in case you want to do it in the oven instead to begin with. This time a skillet is your best bet. Cast iron is a fave but it needs high sides if you are warming everything together for a meal. Crushed nacho cheese chips are fun to serve on top but optional of course.

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Similar to our Instant Pot Dorito casserole except we use bottled salad dressing as the sauce to give this one a bit more of a kick. If you want heat we will share options for that as well including using ground sausage instead of beef and other tweaks depending on your tastebuds.

Taco Pasta with Ground Beef

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

This is How to Cook Ground Beef in Oven if you want to do that and prepare the other items while that is being browned in that way. I only do that if I am serving it as a cold side dish. I’ve brought this to a friend’s house as something new and it was a hit! Best thing in that case is to leave the chips on the side so they don’t get soggy.

  • 1 lb ground beef or spicy ground sausage for spicy
  • 1 packet or homemade taco seasoning 1.25 oz
  • 3/4 c beef broth, chicken broth or water
  • 16 oz cooked pasta, boiled separately and drained
  • 1 c French dressing or Italian
  • Container cherry tomatoes – quartered or halved
  • 1 can black beans 15 oz, drained and rinsed
  • 6 oz olives
  • 1-2 c shredded cheese, more or less depending on preference
  • 2 c chips crushed Doritos were used

Like I said, there are many other diced items you could add into the mix as well if you wanted to amp this pasta dish up. Your family will love bell peppers diced inside perhaps. If you wanted it creamier you can add tomato sauce or we love sour cream at the end to make more like a loaded Ground Beef Hamburger Helper Beef dish with pasta shells.

Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

We made this as a ground beef taco pasta but I have used Jimmy Dean spicy ground sausage before with our Taco Hamburger Helper and this one too. It is always a real hit with those who love heat!! Still an under 30 minute dish you can make in one pan.

  • Fill a large pot halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Add the noodles, and cook until al dente. Drain the water using a colander. Set aside until meat is cooked. (if serving cold, run cold water over the noodles to cool)
  • Add the ground beef to a large deep skillet and cook over medium heat until browned.
  • Drain the grease. Add the taco seasoning, and broth or water.
  • Bring to a boil, then cook over low heat for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce with the meat.
  • Serving hot – Add the drained noodles into the pan with the meat, drizzle with the dressing. Fold together to coat. Add the diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed black beans, whole or sliced olives, and cheese. Fold together and heat until cheese melts. Turn heat off. Serve topped with crushed Doritos.

If serving cold like our Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad– Add the noodles to a bowl with the dressing, toss to coat. Add the cooked meat, tomatoes, drained and rinsed black beans, whole or sliced olives, cheese just to combine. Then top with crushed Doritos. Can fold in half chips and garnish with other half.

Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta

Creamy Taco Pasta

Want more meat? Make it like Bacon Pasta Salad with bits of precooked pieces chopped up in there too. Really when it comes to a casserole type of dish like this one, I don’t use a whole lot of measurements. I mean I provided them to you below but once you make it a few times you probably will just use approximate handfuls here and there.

If you are in fact making this cold there are a few tips you should follow for transporting, keeping it cold, and storing leftovers, etc. Transporting cold pasta salad can be a bit tricky, as you want to make sure it stays safe to eat and maintains its freshness. Here are some tips to help you transport it effectively:

  1. Choose a sturdy, airtight container that’s leak-proof to prevent any dressing or liquids from spilling during transportation. A container with multiple compartments can help keep ingredients separate until you’re ready to serve.
  2. Creamy pasta salad should be kept at a safe temperature to prevent bacteria growth. Use an insulated cooler bag or a container with ice packs to keep the salad cold during transportation, especially if you’re traveling for an extended period.
  3. Fill the container with pasta salad, ensuring there’s not too much empty space. This reduces the chance of the salad moving around and getting mushy.
  4. If possible, store the dressing separately and add it to the pasta salad just before serving. This prevents the salad from becoming soggy during transportation.
  5. If your noodle salad has multiple layers of ingredients, consider layering them in the container. For example, start with a layer of pasta, followed by vegetables, protein, and then any toppings. This helps keep the ingredients organized and prevents them from getting mixed up.
  6. Make sure the pasta salad is well-chilled before packing it for transportation. This initial cold temperature will help maintain the salad’s freshness for a longer period.
  7. When making the pasta salad, consider cooking the pasta slightly under the recommended cooking time. This way, it won’t become overly soft as it sits during transportation.
  8. Ingredients that are prone to wilting or getting soggy, such as lettuce or delicate herbs, might be better added just before serving rather than during transportation.
  9. Place the sealed container in a cooler bag with ice packs or in a larger container with ice packs surrounding it. This will help maintain a consistent cold temperature.
  10. If possible, serve the pasta salad shortly after reaching your destination to ensure it’s at its freshest.

Remember to follow proper food safety guidelines to prevent any risks of foodborne illnesses. Keep the pasta salad refrigerated until you’re ready to leave and use proper precautions to ensure that it stays chilled throughout transportation.

Creamy Taco Pasta

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One Pot Taco Pasta

Course Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cold, ground beef, pasta, taco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 998kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or spicy ground sausage for spicy
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 1.25 oz
  • 3/4 c beef broth or water
  • 16 oz noodles rotini used, boiled separately and drained
  • 1 c French dressing or Italian
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes quartered or halved
  • 1 can black beans 15 oz, drained and rinsed
  • 6 oz olives
  • 1-2 c cheese shredded, more or less depending on preference
  • 2 c chips crushed Doritos used

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Add the noodles, and cook until al dente. Drain the water using a colander. Set aside until meat is cooked. (if serving cold, run cold water over the noodles to cool)
  • Add the ground beef to a large deep skillet and cook over medium heat until browned. Drain the grease. Add the taco seasoning, and broth or water. Bring to a boil, then cook over low heat for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce with the meat.
  • Serving hot – Add the drained noodles into the pan with the meat, drizzle with the dressing. Fold together to coat. Add the diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed black beans, whole or sliced olives, and cheese. Fold together and heat until cheese melts. Turn heat off. Serve topped with crushed Doritos.
  • If serving cold – Add the noodles to a bowl with the dressing, toss to coat. Add the cooked meat, tomatoes, drained and rinsed black beans, whole or sliced olives, cheese just to combine. Then top with crushed Doritos. Can fold in half chips and garnish with other half.
  • ** If you only want to dirty one pot, boil noodles, drain, use that same pot to then add ground beef to brown and proceed from there.

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Nutrition Facts
One Pot Taco Pasta
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 998 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 1634mg71%
Potassium 733mg21%
Carbohydrates 97g32%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1227IU25%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 246mg25%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
One Pot Taco Pasta
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