Cheesy Taco Pasta

Since my kids LOVE pasta, and the hubby and I LOVE tacos, I decided to try this pasta dish from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. After a few tweaks based on what I had on hand, this pasta dish came about and was amazing! Full of flavor, all made in one skillet! I think my hubby was quite excited to see how few dishes he would have to wash after dinner, haha! I used ground turkey since it was what I had in my freezer, but beef works just as well. The taco flavor, pasta, cheese, and corn came together perfectly making this an amazing dinner that I will most definitely be making again!



  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup corn
  • 4 tbsp. taco seasoning (or 1 1/2 packets from the store)
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese, shredded
  • Sour Cream



  1. In a large skillet, brown the meat until no longer pink.
  2. Drain the fat and add in the onion and garlic.
  3. Allow to cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add in 1 cup water, salsa, corn, and taco seasoning. Stir well.
  5. Add in the pasta (uncooked at this point) and taco sauce.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil and place lid on skillet. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Add in remaining 1 cup of water and place lid back on skillet. Simmer for an additional 8 minutes, making sure to stir frequently!
  8. Sprinkle cheese on top of pasta and remove skillet from heat.
  9. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top and ENJOY!!



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