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Cheesy Taco Pasta

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.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Southwestern
Keyword cheesy taco pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 large servings
Calories 822kcal
Author Lauren


  • 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