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Take your flavor south of the border with this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. With 8 ingredients and 45 minutes you'll have a tasty meal your family will love!

Easy Taco Pasta Casserole

Take your flavor south of the border with this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. With 8 ingredients and 45 minutes you'll have a tasty meal your family will love!

Take your flavor south of the border with this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. With 8 ingredients and 45 minutes you’ll have a tasty meal your family will love!

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!

Take your flavor south of the border with this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole.

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.

  1. First, preheat your oven to 400°. Let it get to temperature while you are cooking the other ingredients.
  2. In a large oven-proof skillet, brown the ground beef over med-high heat. When no pink remains, drain off the fat.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Bake in the skillet for 20 minutes until the cornbread topping  is golden brown.  Cool slightly before serving. Garnish as desired.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS

Though we generally don’t have any leftovers of this meal, cue up 3 hungry men with plates and forks in their hands, this casserole will keep well refrigerated for up to 3 days. Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped.

Take your flavor south of the border with this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. With 8 ingredients and 45 minutes you'll have a tasty meal your family will love!

CAN I MAKE A TACO PASTA CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN?

Yes, this recipe can be made with chicken. Substitute 1 pound of ground or diced 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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TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Oven-Proof Skillet – my favorite cast iron pan ever! It’s safe up to 900°F. Works on all stove top surfaces including induction.
  • Measuring Cup – convenient sizes measuring the water and milk.
  • Mixing bowls – virtually indestructible classic glass mixing bowl set that every cook needs to have!
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Easy Taco Pasta Casserole

South of the Border flavor with this hot family dish. 45 minutes, one pan and 8 ingredients are all you need!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 462kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 ounce pasta, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 20 ounce tomatoes with green chilies, 2 (10-ounce) cans, undrained
  • 4 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 8.5 oz cornbread mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • diced tomato, sour cream and extra cheddar for garnish, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Brown the ground beef over med-high heat in a large oven-proof skillet until no pink remains, drain. Add the uncooked pasta, taco Seasoning, both cans tomatoes with chilies, and water to the browned beef.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes until pasta is cooked and liquid is absorbed.. Stir occasionally. Add the shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted. 
  • In a small bowl, stir the cornbread mix, egg and milk until well blended. Drop by spoonfuls onto the taco/pasta mixture. Most of the taco mixture should be covered.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the cornbread topping is golden brown.
  • Cool slightly and serve. Garnish as desired.

NOTES

*If you don’t have an oven-proof skillet, follow all steps until Step 5. Transfer ingredients to a greased 9 x 13 pan and continue to Step 6.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Easy Taco Pasta Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.24g33%
Saturated Fat 8.77g55%
Cholesterol 83.12mg28%
Sodium 448.1mg19%
Potassium 420.68mg12%
Carbohydrates 46.01g15%
Fiber 3.69g15%
Sugar 9.3g10%
Protein 20.83g42%
Vitamin A 372.97IU7%
Vitamin C 6.87mg8%
Calcium 174.36mg17%
Iron 3.17mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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© Copyright Christine Mello for Must Love Home. We would love for you to share a link to this recipe but please do not copy/paste the recipe instructions to websites or social media. We are happy for you to share a photo with a link back to this website instead.

Take your flavor south of the border with this Easy Taco Pasta Casserole. With 8 ingredients and 45 minutes you'll have a tasty meal your family will love!

Post and photos updated 5/6/2019.

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