The BEST Taco Pasta [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

Beef Cinco de Mayo Pasta Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 15 minutes

Taco Pasta makes for a cheesy and meaty dinner option that is easy to prepare! It is a runaway winner in my household, and it only takes 30 minutes to make!

If you are in the mood for some Mexican dinners like this, then, check out my other recipes like the Mexican Black Bean Salad, Carne Asada, and Chipotle Sofritas!

Taco Pasta Recipe

Taco Pasta is a combination of my family’s two favorites – anything Mexican and Italian! Whoever thought of combining these two in one ultimate dish was a genius!

It has everything you are looking for in a hearty main dish! It is filling, quick, and easy to make. In this dish, I used ground beef that contributes much flavor and is made even more flavorful with seasonings, herbs, salsa, sour cream, and cheese.

This is so easy, it will not take you much time to make it. Preparing the shell pasta might actually be the longest thing that you will do to cook this dish.

Perfect for potlucks, gatherings, and any family occasion, this dish will surely be something to rave about!

What is Taco Pasta?

It is a dish made with cooked noodles of your choice and a taco-inspired sauce. It is the sauce that gives the overall Mexican flavor and vibe to this dish.

How do you make Taco Pasta:

  1. Boil the noodles: Cook the noodles by following the instructions on the package.
  2. Cook the meat: In a large pan, add some canola oil, brown the beef, and drain the resulting fat. Add in the onions, garlic, and the rest of the herbs and seasonings. Add some water and cook until it dries up.
  3. Combine: Toss in the cooked noodles, salsa, and cheese.
  4. Serve: Garnish with the crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, chopped parsley, and cheese.

How do you make homemade taco seasoning:

It is simply a combination of easy-to-find pantry ingredients such as the following:

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon each: salt, garlic powder, dried onion powder, oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

You can also add some cayenne powder to make it spicier. You can keep this mixture in a spice jar for up to 6 months. This works great for beef or chicken and can be versatile – tweak the ratio according to your preference.

You can find the full recipe for homemade taco seasoning at this link

How to cook pasta al dente?

The simplest and easiest trick is not a trick at all. The secret to perfectly cooked noodles is on its packaging! Simply follow the procedure given on the box and it must give you the perfect noodles that are just right – not too firm but not too mushy either.

Here are some techniques to help you through:

  • Use a large enough pot: There should be enough space for the water to boil in and for the pasta not to get too compact. Boiling in itself can make the pieces move around which means less chance to clump up.
  • Add salt when the water starts to boil: Putting salt will season the noodles.
  • Reserve the water: The water in which you boil the noodles will be starchy, thanks to the starch coming from the pasta itself. Save a cup of it or so and put it in the sauce. The starchy water makes for a good binder so that the sauce sticks to the noodles.

How to store:

  • Refrigerator: Cool it completely and keep it in the fridge for 3 days, stored in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Keep it in airtight freezer containers for 2 months.

More delicious pasta recipes:

  1. Pasta al Forno
  2. Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells
  3. Crack Chicken Baked Ziti
  4. Ragu Sauce Chicken Pasta
  5. Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Recipe Tips:

  • You can use ground chicken or turkey as healthy alternatives to beef.
  • Add some fiber and a pop of color by adding bell peppers and tomatoes.
  • Elbow macaroni, rotini, and penne are good substitutes for the shells.
  • To make this vegetarian, you can totally leave out the meat. Instead, add protein by adding beans.

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5 from 8 reviews

Cheesy Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta makes for a cheesy and meaty dinner option that is easy to prepare! It is a runaway winner in my household, and it only takes 30 minutes to make!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 mins




Nutrition information

Calories: 432 Carbohydrates: 34 Protein: 25 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 59 Sodium: 634 Potassium: 486 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 445 Vitamin C: 2.9 Calcium: 162 Iron: 2.6
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I don't see anywhere on the Taco Pasta how ,much of each of the spices you use to create the taco seasoning


Hi, I have updated the post.



Loved it and was so easy and fast... thank you so much! 


Renee Robson

My family absolutely loved this recipe, I will definitely be making this recipe again.


Vicki B

I would love to try this recipe. My husband doesn't like taco seasoning. Can you tell me what I should leave out of the ingredients shown above to just make it without the Mexican flavoring?


Just leave out the Taco Seasoning and you will be good!



This was great! My family love it. We used ground Italian sausage instead of beef. Easy and delicious!


Ginny M.

This was good. I much preferred it with sour cream. My family liked it. This is great for a fast weeknight meal, especially since I usually have the ingredients on hand. I used a store bought taco seasoning which is fine. I think the taco seasoning recipe given would be better. I recommend it.


Janet Coffelt

This dish was absolutely delicious.. I mixed the ground meat with Italian sausage.



It was a winner in my household!! The kids loved it!!


Jenni M

This was absolutely DELICIOUS! Going into a favs rotation! We all loved it



Why do you add oil to your hamburger meat.


makes it easier to get a nice brown color, after that, I discard the grease.


Amanda Nolte

Definitely a quick and easy one. I made a few tweaks- added some extra freshly diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Couldn’t let them go bad in the fridge!! Also... the recipe says large pasta shells but I think I’m going to use the small ones next time. Just for simpler mixing


Carol Lane

Absolutely delicious! Used bow ties because that’s what I had on hand but my family raved about it! Definitely on top of my list for fast, easy and delicious!



I am wondering.... can i used store bought taco seasoning. It would be easier and faster for me being that my schedule is super super hectic. If so, how many packs? Also, i live your garnishes. Could you add shredded cheese and sour crean like you would on a taco as well?


Yes, store-bought taco seasoning works great and feel free to add any garnishes that you love!



I changed the shell pasta to brown rice and it was fantastic! I will have leftovers all week. Thank you!



very good and so easy.


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