One Pot Taco Beef Pasta - an easy yummy recipe that is cooked all in one pan. Cheesy spicy taco flavoured deliciousness!!
So what do you do when you fancy tacos but don't have taco's and want a simple quick meal that the whole family can dig in and enjoy? Make these yummy One Pot Taco Beef Pasta of course.
It has all those yummy combinations of a taco - ground beef, peppers, homemade taco seasoning, cheese and best of all Pasta. As let's face it, everyone loves a bowl of pasta - right?
Best Type of Pasta for One Pot Recipes
Want a short answer? Any!!! Yep, that's right any kind of dried pasta will work in this dish. So you really don't need to go and buy anything special.
However my favs for one-pot recipes are definitely - Fusilli (which is what I used here), Macaroni and Penne, they are all just the perfect size and shape to really get coated in all that delicious sauce.
What kind of meat can I use in Taco Pasta?
This is a one-pot taco beef recipe, so I used extra lean ground beef (beef mince) as it's the kids favourite whenever I make any kind of tacos.
But any ground meat works well - turkey, chicken (I've not tried pork) and if you don't fancy ground meat, feel free to use chicken or beef. Go for cuts that are better for absorbing flavour - i.e. chicken thighs instead of chicken breast. But if you really don't like thigh meat, then go with what you like. Just brown as per the recipe and other instructions.
Best kind of pan for One Pot recipes
A large deep frying pan or skillet is best, you don't want it spilling over the sides.
My favourite choice is cast iron - because the heat really penetrates and cooks fast. A saucepan is not recommended, because it is not quite shallow enough to boil quickly or wide enough to fit all the ingredients.
My one-pot pasta is taking too long to cook
Make sure you have the recommend sized pan as mentioned above. If it is taking longer than the specified time, then you have your heat far too low.
The liquid is the correct measurement, so if it is not bubbling away in the pan, it won't reduce anywhere or cook the pasta. It will literally just be ingredients sat in hot water.
Turn up the heat and let it bubble, it really will cook as quickly as the recipe states.
Can I use Quark, instead of cream cheese?
It's a question I get asked a lot in recipes where I use light cream cheese. I personally don't use Quark very often, it has a more sour taste compared to cream cheese, so doesn't yield the same kind of sauce.
But if you really don't want to use the cream cheese, then yes use Quark, just ensure you remove from heat and stir it in at the very end. Remember though, this tastes the best with the cream cheese and it's not many cals when divided up into servings.
Sides for One Pot Taco Beef Pasta
What kind of sides can I serve with this? My simplest and my favourite choice is just a nice mixed salad. Nice and quick and can be made and put together while the pasta is bubbling away on the stove.
Some of my favorite salad items for this are:
- Shredded Crisp Romaine or Iceberg Lettuce
- Julienned Carrot
- Baby Cucumber Sliced
- Diced Red Onion
- Halved Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- Diced Cooked Beetroot
More One Pot Recipes
Love One Pot Recipes? Check out some of these:
- ONE POT BEEF STROGANOFF PASTA
- ONE POT LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN RICE
- ONE POT CUBAN STYLE RICE (WITH CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE)
- ONE POT BEEF FAJITA PASTA
- ONE POT CHEESEBURGER PASTA
- ONE POT NEW ORLEANS CAJUN PASTA
- ONE POT CREAMY HAM MUSHROOM ORZO
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- 455g (1lb) of extra lean ground beef (mince)
- cooking oil spray (I used avocado)
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- ¾ cup (180ml) of passata
- ¾ cup (130g) of sweetcorn
- 200g (7oz) of uncooked pasta (I used fusilli)
- 2.25 cups (500ml) of beef stock
- 3 tbs of light cream cheese
- 60g (2oz) of cheddar, grated
- 2 spring onions, sliced
- a handful of coriander, chopped (optional)
For the taco seasoning:
- 1.5 teaspoon of cumin
- 1.5 teaspoon of paprika
- 1.5 teaspoons Mexican Chili (Chilli) powder
- ½ teaspoon of oregano
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (can add more or less depending on your preferred spice level)
- Add the ground beef to a deep frying pan over a medium-high heat
- Cook until browned, then add in all the ingredients for the taco seasoning and stir to fully coat, remove and set aside.
- Spray the frying pan with some cooking oil spray, add the onion, garlic and peppers and fry for a couple of minutes to soften.
- Add back in the beef, along with passata and corn and stir to coat.
- Add in the uncooked pasta and stock.
- Turn up the heat to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat a little (liquid should still be bubbling) until the liquid reduces down and the pasta is cooked (approx 12-13 minutes). If more liquid is needed as pasta is still quite firm, then add in some water.
- When the pasta is cooked, stir in the cream cheese and cheddar until all melted and the pasta is creamy and velvety in appearance.
- Taste and season as needed with salt and black pepper.
- Sprinkle with the chopped Spring Onions and cilantro (if using).
- Serve and Enjoy!!
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Nutrition InformationServing Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 494Total Fat 14.1gSaturated Fat 6.6gCholesterol 27.1mgSodium 767mgCarbohydrates 54.1gFiber 5.1gSugar 6.8gProtein 38.6g