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

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.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 740kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 ounce dry pasta shells
  • 1/2 medium white onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup salsa thick
  • 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, chopped

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1433mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1801IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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