One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

An easy and delicious recipe for One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta loaded with ground beef and lots of shredded cheese, ready in about 30 minutes!

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet |

Hello Taco Tuesday! It’s my favorite foodie day of the week! My family loves taco Tuesday too. If it was up to them it would be taco Tuesday every night of the week.

I love to mix-up my taco Tuesday menu from week to week. Some weeks we do enchiladas, some weeks we just keep it simple with beefy tacos and some weeks I make something like this One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta. It has become a Mr. Mother Thyme favorite and it’s one of my favorites because I can get dinner ready from stove to table in under 30 minutes and all done in one pot!

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta |
One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta |

Since I have made this dish more than I’d like to admit my family has come up with some tasty topping to make this dish even better! Depending on what I have on hand sometimes we’ll top this with some crushed tortilla chips which add a little crunch or some chopped tomatoes and avocado which is my personal favorite. Sometimes I like to dive into this dish without any toppings. Whether you serve it with toppings or not it’s super yummy either way!

If you’re looking to try something new, easy and most importantly tasty then you’ll definitely want to add this to your menu! It will become a family favorite! And if you love one-pot dishes as much as I do then you don’t want to miss my One-Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Penne Pasta or One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta. They are simple, easy and delicious especially on busy weeknights!

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta |


More One-Pot Favorites!

One-Pot Cheesy Pizza Pasta
One-Pot Creamy Buffalo Chicken Pasta
One-Pot French Onion Pasta

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta |

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

  • Author: Jenn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 ounce packet taco seasoning (or about 3 1/2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup jarred mild salsa
  • 8 ounces uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese
  • Optional toppings – chopped tomatoes (avocado, crushed tortilla chips, chopped cilantro)


  1. Preheat a large deep skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally until cooked thoroughly.
  4. Drain grease.
  5. Stir taco seasoning into ground beef then stir in water, salsa and pasta noodles.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil.
  7. Stir, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  8. Cook for about 15 minutes until pasta is tender.
  9. Turn off heat and stir in cheese.
  10. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  11. Serve with optional toppings if desired.


A store bought jar salsa such is Pace, Ortega or similar brand (even generic) like that is recommended.

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  1. I had some ground turkey to cook and thought it would be good in this recipe. We made this last night and it was a complete hit with everyone. I admit…. I was surprised! I definately didn’t think it was going to be so much full of flavor with little ingredients. I am not a big fan of ground turkey bit trying to eat better over all and this recipe made it that much easier to convert!

  2. We had this tonight and it was great. I added an orange pepper because I had one I needed to use up. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly with fresh tomato on top. This is a keeper. Thanks.

  3. Hello! I had surgery today and left my husband to do the cooking. I figured a meal of comfort-food was in order and it’s Taco Tuesday…so we tried your recipe. We doubled all of the ingredients except for the pasta and water – we tripled those in order to make the spice less intense. We also added a spoon of sour cream to each bowl. Delicious! We agreed that this should be added to the monthly meal plan. Thank you for sharing your easy recipe!

  4. This looks delicious. I am making it for dinner tonight. I love taco anything! And hey, I have 2 year old twins. Go, twin moms!

  5. I used ground chicken and added mushrooms, spinach, corn and split the water with tomato juice. Amazing!

  6. Thank you for this awesome recipe. It was the first One-Pot-Pasta I ever tried, so my expectations weren’t too high. But I was so wrong. 🙂 My boyfriend and I loved the pasta and I will definitely use it as a great party recipe in the future. 🙂

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