Our Taco Pasta makes a quick, easy, weeknight meal that will bring the kiddos running to the dinner table! Pasta combined with Tacos equals GENIUS!

Taco Pasta

Here’s a delicious pasta sure to become a new family hit at your house! It has a secret ingredient in it that ensures success. Cream Cheese!

Who wouldn’t like pasta and tacos combined? Add the secret ingredient and it’s dinner time magic!!! After trying this recipe, it immediately became one of our family’s most requested meals. Everyone loves it! It’s so easy and relatively quick to make and get on the table.

I like making the recipe with small shell pasta because the sauce coats the noodles just right and it’s easy for little ones to get on their spoons!

Taco Pasta



Taco Pasta

Our Taco Pasta makes a quick, easy, weeknight meal that will bring the kiddos running to the dinner table! Pasta combined with Tacos equals GENIUS!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 550 kcal
Author kathleen


  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 16 Ounces Dried Medium Shell Pasta
  • 1 Cup Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 3 Large Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 14 Ounce Canned, Petite Diced Tomatoes, Including Juice
  • 1 7 Ounce Canned, Mild Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Black Pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink. A few minutes before the meat is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet. Once the meat is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over medium-low heat 3-5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit if it is still too thin.

  4. Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Taco Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Potassium 553mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 11.1%
Calcium 6%
Iron 17.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Source: adapted from Fake Ginger