Taco Pasta

Last week was taco week here. Every dish I made was taco-themed. Now, that’s not to say any of them were traditional, but they definitely had that great taco meat flavor. This taco pasta is no exception.  The sauce is delicious – creamy with a taco kick.

Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 ounce dry pasta shells
  • 1/2 medium white onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup thick salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or use 3 tablespoons of our homemade version
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • Pickled jalapenos optional
  • Chopped cilantro optional


  • Cook pasta per package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining. Drain well.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large pot.
  • Add onion and cook until just starting to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
  • Add the taco seasoning and salsa. Stir. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the pasta, cream cheese and sour cream. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve topped with shredded cheese and jalapenos and/or cilantro if desired.

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