AM Northwest and Cheesy Taco Pasta

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 Cheesy Taco Pasta

Hey guys! This morning I’m going to be on AM Northwest demo-ing this tried and true family favorite! It’s a recipe I posted way back in June last year that my family gobbled right up! It’s a great go-to meal when you’re short on time…which I seem to be ALL the time.

I’ll be posting the video once I have it in case you missed it! Until then, here’s the printable. Have a great weekend! 🙂

5 from 1 vote

AM Northwest and Cheesy Taco Pasta

Cheesy taco pasta is a great go-to meal when you're in a hurry and your family will love it.

servings 4 large servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 1 lb ground beef I used 80/20
  • 1 packet taco seasoning reduced sodium is a good idea
  • 1 1/2 cups southwest salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Bring water to boil to cook the pasta. Salt it and cook pasta until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, cook ground beef, breaking apart as you go. Once thoroughly cooked, drain meat and run under hot water to remove any fat. Wipe out pan with paper towel and place back on heat.
  • Pour cooked beef into hot pan with taco seasoning, salsa and water. Simmer until pasta is finished cooking.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain well and pour into skillet. Top with cheese, cream, salt and pepper. Stir until cheese melts and noodles are coated in sauce. Serve immediately.


A lot of people have told me that this recipe tends to be very salty because of the taco seasoning. I have found that the brand of taco seasoning does matter! On tv and at home, I tried this with McCormick low sodium taco seasoning and it was perfect. So, try to look for that brand. If you can't find that, then don't salt your pasta water or add any additional salt at the end.


Calories: 822kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1831mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2074IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 479mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: cheesy taco pasta
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  1. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    This looks delicious and easy for a weeknight meal! Can’t wait to try it. 🙂 Good luck on AM Northwest–you’ll be awesome!!

  2. MommaMary I use this recipe to make my own taco seasoning, it tastes the same as those packets you purchase at the grocer. I have made this salt free for a family member on a low salt intake diet. Tip: don’t try this with the $1 seasoning at the dollar store. You get what you pay for, and they are all the lower quality spices.

  3. Cookbook Queen

    Would it be acceptable to make this for a late breakfast/early lunch? Not that I’m thinking of doing that, of course… *ahem*

  4. cassie

    Yay for another TV appearance. Can’t wait to see it! This sounds so pleasing, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love it!

  5. Lacey Wilcox

    Totally adding this to one of my menu plans :). By any chance do you have a link somewhere to seasonings you use in place of taco seasoning? I try to avoid the packages if I can…

  6. From Valerie's Kitchen

    You were FANTASTIC Lauren!!! So relaxed and cute. It was fun to watch. Now I have a craving for pasta….or tacos….

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  8. Suzanne

    You did a great job! It was fun to watch. You didn’t look nervous in the slightest.

    Thanks for the great recipe. I made it last night for dinner (and brought some to a sick friend). It was really delicious! I didn’t have any cream, so instead I added some SOUR CREAM and it was wonderful. =) Thanks for another fantastic recipe!

  9. Nichole Elliott

    My husband made this for last nights supper. Easy and delicious!! We will have this recipe on hand so we can make this again!! Thanks–great job!

  10. Audrey

    I am currently making this dish, and am just waiting for the pasta to finish cooking. It had better be soon, as my son has found the nacho chips and is using the meat mixture as dip!! He’s loving it!

    FYI – Epicure Selections sells a virtually salt-free taco seasoning – I used 3 tsp in the recipe and it’s perfect.

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  12. Tara Brennan

    I made cheesy taco pasta last night and it was delicious. Super easy and so quick to pull it together. Great recipe.

  13. Deborah

    Another great recipe. I didn’t have any cream, so I left that part out and just sprinkled cheese on top. Also, I put a can of corn in with it. My husband and son loved it.

  14. Trish Patterson

    I buy sodium free taco seasoning via mail order. Frontier Foods Coop carries it & so does my local Sprouts store & my favorite coop. Great product, cost effective and I wouldn’t trade it for homemade. Called “Mexican Seasoning” & also carry “Fiesta Mexican Seasoning” which has tomato added to it. Will definitely try this easy recipe & maybe add some pinto beans to it. ✨

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