Taco Pasta Skillet

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Taco Pasta Skillet –  All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes!  Homemade version of those boxed mix meals, with just a few staple ingredients.  

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Pasta is one of those easy dinner ideas that I rely on for busy weeknights. With school around the corner life is about to get even more hectic, so a few easy recipes in your back pocket is a must.

taco pasta in a skillet


And if I can make it in one pan that is even better!  Which is why I love this taco pasta recipe.  The noodles cook with the meat and the sauce, so you don’t have a ton of clean up afterwards.

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taco pasta skillet with avocado and sour cream in a white bowl

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How to Make Taco Pasta

  1. Start by browning the ground beef and onions together until it is cooked and the onions are soft. Make sure to drain away any fat in the pan.
  2. Stir in the Tastefully Simple Mom’s Favorite Taco Seasoning until the meat is coated.
  3. Then you add everything else to the pan! The corn, diced tomatoes, salsa, pasta, and the chicken broth are all mixed together until it starts to boil.
  4. Cover, reduce the heat, and let it cook for 10-12 minutes until the noodles are cooked.
  5. Stir in the cheese until everything is blended and the cheese is melted.
  6. This is best served with your favorite taco toppings.

Taco Toppings Ideas

  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapenos
  • Black Olives
  • More Cheese!
bowl of taco pasta skillet with sour cream and avocado

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4.37 from 19 votes

Taco Pasta Skillet

By Erin
Taco Pasta Skillet – All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes! Homemade version of those box mix meals, with just a few staple ingredients.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 8 oz dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef and onion.
  • Add taco seasoning stirring to coat. Add corn kernels, chicken broth, salsa, tomatoes and pasta. Stir until well combined.
  • Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is fully cooked.
  • Stir in cheese until melted.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before serving.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1354mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 543
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  1. I’m just wondering if the 2.5 tablespoons of taco seasoning is correct? Seems like a lot to me. I usually use about 2 tsp for a pound of meat. The finished product was also very salty. I’m using a new taco seasoning so not sure if it is just the brand I’m using or if I used too much. Other than that, I loved it and would def make it again….if I can cut down on the sodium.

  2. Made this for dinner tonight. My most picky eater ate 2 helpings! I did add a can of black beans, but that was the only change. It is definitely a keeper and will go into our monthly rotation. Thanks for such a great dish.