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Easy Taco Pasta Casserole

Make your family something special tonight, like an Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. It takes about 45 minutes and you have a delicious and satisfying hot meal your entire family will love!

Easy Taco Pasta Casserole hits the spot. With pasta, lots of cheese and a cornbread crust, it checks all of the comfort food boxes.

Casseroles are really popular here in Ohio when the weather turns cold , and this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole really hits the spot. With pasta, lots of cheese and a cornbread crust, it checks all of the comfort food boxes.  The ingredients are easy to find and you may already have many of them in your pantry.

One of the best things about this recipe is that the pasta cooks right in the pan. No boiling pots of water or extra pans to clean up!

Taco meat makes even the simplest dishes taste amazing, and the kids will love it! As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many taco night recipes. One of our favorites you might want to try is Easy Taco Biscuit Casserole. It’s tasty and simple and made in one pan too!

HOW TO MAKE EASY TACO PASTA CASSEROLE

It doesn’t get much easier to put a hearty meal on the table than this one-pan pasta meal.

First, preheat your oven to 400°. Let it get to temperature while you are cooking the other ingredients.

In a large oven-proof skillet, brown the ground beef over med-high heat. When no pink remains, drain off the fat.

Add the uncooked pasta,  taco seasoning, both cans  tomatoes with chilies (undrained), and water to the browned beef. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer covered over low heat for 20 minutes. Stir the pan occasionally. 

When ready the pasta will be tender and all of the liquid will have been absorbed.  Add the shredded cheese to the meat mixture and stir until the cheese is melted. 

Stir the cornbread mix, egg and milk in a small  bowl until well blended.  Drop all of the mixture by the spoonful onto the taco/pasta mixture. Most of the taco mixture will be covered. 

Bake in the skillet for 20 minutes until the cornbread topping  is golden brown.  Cool slightly before serving. Garnish as desired.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered for up to 3 days.

If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, bake in a greased 9 x 13 pan.

CAN I MAKE A TACO PASTA CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN?

Yes, this recipe can be made with chicken. Substitute 1 pound of ground chicken for the beef and prepare the casserole the same way. You can also use shredded or diced cooked chicken. For already cooked chicken, just omit the step for browning the meat.

 

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Easy Taco Pasta Casserole

  • Author: [email protected]
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 serving 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Make your family something special tonight, like an Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. It takes about 45 minutes and you have a delicious and satisfying hot meal your entire family will love!


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 8 oz spiral or macaroni pasta , dry and uncooked
  • 1 packet of Beef Taco seasoning
  • 2 10 oz cans of cut tomatoes with green chilies – do not drain
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 8.5 oz package instant cornbread mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • diced tomato, sour cream and extra cheddar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees.
  2. Brown the ground beef over med-high heat in a large pan. When no longer pink, drain. Add the uncooked pasta, Taco Seasoning, both cans tomatoes with chilies, and water to the browned beef.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered over low heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. When ready the pasta will be cooked and all of the liquid will have been absorbed.
  5. Add the shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Pour the prepared mixture into a greased 9 x 13 oven proof dish. Set aside.
  6. Stir the cornbread mix, egg and milk in a small bowl until well blended.
  7. Drop all of the mixture by the spoonful onto the taco/pasta mixture. Most of the taco mixture will be covered.
  8. Bake in the 400 degree oven for 20 minutes until the cornbread topping is golden brown.
  9. Cool slightly and serve. Garnish as desired.

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