This Crunchy Taco Pasta swimming in a cheesy seasoned sauce can be on your table in just 15 minutes!
I am typing this in a jet lagged induced coma, having just returned from Hawaii yesterday. We explored the Big Island for a week, hiking to lava flows, snorkeling with sea turtles, relaxing on a black sand beach, and more! I have a long-standing fear of being eaten by a shark, but my wife assured me that I have a better chance of being killed by a toaster than a shark bite. However, while swimming in the ocean, I suspected the immediate odds favored the sharks for the time being.
Needless to say, I didn’t get eaten by a shark. So that is a plus. However, now I am back in reality, which means back to work on this blog!
Luckily, before I left I whipped up this addicting 15 Minute Crunchy Taco Pasta dinner. It was so quick and easy to prepare, it is the perfect family meal when you are pressed for time but still want something homemade. It is similar to a Hamburger Helper meal, except that it uses real ingredients!
You can use any type of pasta for this meal, but I think bowtie pasta works perfectly. I also recommend using taco cheese to add more flavor to the sauce, though cheddar works well too. This taco pasta recipe can easily be doubled for a larger serving too.
The salsa infused cheese sauce, and seasoned beef, really add a lot of flavor to this dish, but I think the crunchy bites of tortilla chips is what makes this meal exceptional! Your family will love the combination of textures and flavors this taco pasta brings to your plate.
In just 15 minutes you can have this tantalizingly crunchy taco pasta bathing in a cheesy seasoned sauce ready to serve for dinner.
- 8 oz bowtie pasta
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 oz packet taco seasoning
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 cup shredded taco cheese (or substitute cheddar)
- 1 onion, chopped
- Sour cream for topping
- crushed tortilla chips for topping
- 1 stalk green onion for topping chopped
Cook pasta according to package instructions till al dente.
While pasta is cooking brown hamburger in skillet.
Add water to browned hamburger and stir in taco seasoning. Cook until water evaporates and seasoning has dispersed.
Add milk, salsa, and taco cheese to the hamburger and stir to combine until all cheese has melted. Let simmer till thickened into a sauce, ~3 minutes.
Drain pasta from water, add chopped onions and pour hamburger mixture into a pot with pasta. Stir to combine.
Serve topped with a generous sprinkling of crushed tortilla shells, sprinkling of green onion, and a dollop of sour cream.
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE you will love my One-Pot Chicken Fajita Skillet recipe!
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