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Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

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An easy, 30 minutes or less dinner, this cheesy taco pasta recipe combines your favorite taco toppings with a noodle-base! An inexpensive dinner that will become a family favorite! This one pan meal is made in a skillet for easier clean-up too!

Taco Casserole Recipe

This cheesy taco noodle recipe cooks up quickly and is sure to become a fast family favorite! It’s loaded with flavor and has a noodle base that is easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.

We’re your typical family with teens who spend many afternoons and evenings going to sporting events and just generally running around. But I still have a pretty firm rule that we all eat dinner together. There are exceptions here and there, but for the most part, all four of us sit down and eat dinner together every night.

The key to making this happen is to 1) make recipes that are quick and not very labor-intensive and 2) make sure that dinner is delicious so everyone wants to keep coming back!

This recipe for a cheesy taco noodle skillet fits the bill perfectly!

Ingredients for Cheesy Taco Noodle Skillet

How to Make a Taco Pasta One-Pan Meal

You really can use any type of pasta for this recipe, but I highly suggest No Yolk Noodles. If you’ve never tried them, you probably won’t understand my preference. But once you try them, you’ll get it. They are fluffy and light while still providing a firm base for all of the heavier ingredients that are piled on top.

no yolk egg noodles

I used the Broad noodles for this recipe, because I wanted a wide noodle as the base for the taco toppings.

While the noodles are cooking, brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain off the fat then add the chopped onion, taco seasoning and water. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. 

Then add the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.

Next add black beans, corn and tomatoes and heat through. 

Taco Casserole Recipe for stovetop

Once the noodles were cooked, I created almost a bowl of the noodles in my skillet by leaving a shallow crater in the center.

Then I filled it with the taco meat and other toppings and let the noodles shine on the outside edges. It’s quick to make, easy to serve and tastes delicious! What more could you ask for on a busy weeknight?!

Can You Freeze Taco Meat?

Yes, yes, YES!!! 

If you haven’t read all my tips to freezing ground beef yet, you should start there. It’s the exact same process for making large batches of taco meat and then freezing it exactly for meals like this! 

I know this recipe isn’t technically a one-pot meal but for me it usually is since I already have my ground beef cooked and I’m just pulling it out of the freezer. 

Taco Casserole Recipe for stove top

Other Ground Beef Recipes that are Family Favorites

Yield: 6

Cheesy Taco Noodle Skillet

Cheesy Taco Noodle Skillet

An easy weeknight dinner with a noodle base and covered in taco meat and other toppings!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz No Yolks Broad Noodles
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • green onions, sliced, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions. 
  2. While the noodles are cooking; in a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium high heat until cooked through. Drain and then return to skillet
  3. Add the chopped onion, taco seasoning and water to the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese to the beef mixture. Stir to combine. Cook until the cream cheese is melted.
  5. Add the black beans and corn and heat through an additional 3-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and heat for 1-2 minutes. 
  6. Then transfer the beef mixture to the noodle pot. Layer the noodles into the skillet making a crater in the center. Spoon the beef mixture into the center and garnish with additional cheese, green onions, avocado slices and avocado cream, if desired. 
  7. An alternate serving option would be to combine the noodles and beef mixture in one pot rather than layering them. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 676Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 510mgSodium: 977mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 11gSugar: 7gProtein: 43g
Taco Noodle Casserole Recipe

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Christina

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

What a delicious easy dinner! I love the bold flavors!

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