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This taco pasta is loaded with ground beef, cheese and tomatoes, then garnished with fresh cilantro.
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Taco Pasta

This easy taco pasta is made with ground beef, tomatoes, and plenty of cheese, all tossed in a creamy sauce. Garnish with your favorite taco toppings for a quick and family friendly dinner option!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican pasta, taco pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 571kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta or other short pasta
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 14 ounce can petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Additional taco toppings if desired such as tortilla strips, olives, avocado and jalapenos

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the beef.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and break up with a spatula.
  • Add the onion to the pan.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes or until meat is browned and cooked through, and onion is tender.
  • Add the tomatoes and taco seasoning to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Pour the cooked pasta into the pan with the meat. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Add the cream cheese, sour cream and cheddar cheese to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly until cheese are melted. 
  • Add reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed to thin the sauce to desired consistency.
  • Sprinkle with tomatoes and cilantro and serve. Add additional taco toppings if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 571kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 3.8mg