Looking for an easy meal idea that takes under 30 minutes to make? This taco pasta recipe is your solution.
Made with a delicious mix of ingredients, this creamy taco pasta will be everyone’s favorite weeknight meal!
Taco Tuesday has never been so tasty!
This creamy taco pasta has variations to achieve just the right flavor and texture for all taste buds. Picky eaters included!
How to Make Taco Pasta on the stovetop
Place a large skillet over medium heat so that you can brown your ground beef.
Season your ground beef with the seasonings listed below and let the seasoned beef fry in the oil.
Put the tomato sauce into the skillet and let simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.
Now you may stir in the sour cream. Add the cooked pasta to your pan and stir.
Serve this taco pasta recipe to your family or guests and let them place their own choices of taco toppings on top of their plate of taco pasta.
I love a fun, customizeable dish to serve like this one!
The amazing part of this taco pasta recipe is that you can easily customize the meal so that it suits anyone’s taste buds.
This is one of the best “picky eater” food options for big families who have those picky eaters in the house.
How to Make Easy Taco Pasta into a Taco Pasta Casserole Meal
Follow the directions to make your taco pasta as noted below in the recipe card.
Grab 2 cups of Mexican Cheese to pile on top of your taco pasta recipe ingredients in a 13×9 casserole pan.
Place your casserole pan into a preheated oven that’s set to 350°F.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the taco pasta casserole is bubbly and the cheese on top is melted.
Let cool down for a minute and serve with your choice of taco toppings!
If you want to make your taco pasta recipe a bit creamier you can add in about 2 ounces of cream cheese to your sauce.
Or, you can add a couple splashes of heavy cream or half & half at the same step you add the sour cream. Taste to adjust seasonings as this may dilute the intense taco flavor a little.
For an extra kick, you can add ½ teaspoon of chipotle powder and a pinch of red pepper flakes to make your taco pasta a bit spicier.
When you really think about it, this taco pasta recipe opens the doors for many customizable options for the whole family to enjoy!
What to have with taco pasta?
I’m glad you asked!
There are so many options to serve with taco pasta that is if you’re not satisfied with all of those toppings and must have a side.
You can serve this taco pasta recipe with a simple side garden salad, seasoned black beans, chips and avocado salsa, or enjoy it on its own.
The toppings make this taco pasta recipe complete without adding anything else to your meal.
My Roasted Peppers would also be a great side!
What’s in Taco Pasta?
That’s a great question! So, there are different variations of taco pasta recipes out there.
My taco pasta recipe includes the following ingredients:
- Spaghetti Noodles
- Ground Beef
- Sour cream
- Ground cumin, garlic powder, taco seasoning mix, and onion powder.
- Tomato sauce
Mixing all of these ingredients together is what makes my delicious taco pasta recipe for the entire family to enjoy time and time again.
This taco pasta recipe is so versatile that you can literally use it as a family meal idea, special event side dish, or casserole to serve a large group of friends.
The delightful flavor combination of beef with sour cream and tomato sauce combines deliciously with the toppings of your choice.
I highly recommend you try out this taco pasta recipe in your household soon!
Looking for more #TacoTuesday recipes?
Try my Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini!
Can you freeze taco pasta?
Yes! You can freeze pasta with sauce two ways according to EatWell101.com.
You can either freeze the taco pasta sauce on its own as a meal prep solution. Or, you can freeze the pasta with the sauce on it.
Here is how to do each step:
How to freeze pasta sauce with meat
Place cooled sauce into an airtight container or freezer proof bag. Place in the freezer until frozen solid.
Pasta sauce will last in the freezer for four to six months.
To defrost, simply place the sauce into a small saucepot over low heat and cook slowly until the sauce defrosts. Bring to a simmer and finish with the spaghetti noodles or pasta of your choice.
Or, you can place the container into the fridge and let it slowly defrost that way, it may take a couple days.
How to freeze pasta with sauce
Once you mix the pasta with the taco sauce, let it cool down completely.
You can now follow the same steps as freezing pasta sauce with meat.
Place the sauced pasta into an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag. Place into the freezer until frozen.
Pasta with sauce will last in the freezer from two to three months.
Defrosting pasta with sauce is best done slowly in the fridge over the course of a couple days, or in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350°F, place the frozen pasta with sauce into a greased baking dish covered with foil.
Cook until the pasta is no longer frozen and is heated completely through. Make sure to check the dish every 10 minutes or so, and stir to make sure there is no scorching.
To be safe check the internal temperature of the pasta to make sure it reaches 165°F.
Need more pasta inspo?
Try my recipe for The BEST Spaghetti and Meatballs!
How to make taco pasta
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 15 ounce canned tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1/2 pound spaghetti noodles or pasta noodles of your choice
- taco toppings!
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef to the pan, brown and crumble the meat until just cooked through. Drain any excess oil or water from the meat.
- Add the taco seasoning packet, onion powder, garlic powder, and the ground cumin. Stir to coat the meat. Cook until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add in the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered.
- Cook and drain pasta.
- Stir in the sour cream to the sauce, add the pasta, and stir to coat. Serve with your favorite taco toppings like more sour cream, cheese, chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, sliced olives, etc.