The BEST Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta is made with pasta shells, ground beef, cheese, and a handful of spices and seasonings so you get an absolutely delicious dinner in minutes! It is a runaway winner in my household, and it only takes 30 minutes to make! Topped with shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and tortilla chips, your whole family will love taco pasta night. 

Looking for other delicious recipes? Try our Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Pasta made with ground beef and cream cheese or this Slow Cooker Taco Casserole with black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and bell peppers. Another one of our delicious recipes you may like is this Taco Fries recipe made with chicken tenders and frozen french fries. 

Why use a hamburger helper when you can make your own taco pasta from scratch? This way, you can control exactly what goes into your family‚Äôs dinner and you can change it up to suit your tastes. You can use any kind of ground meat and cheese for this dish and even change the pasta and seasonings. 

It has everything you are looking for in a hearty main dish! It is a filling, quick, and easy recipe to make. In this dish, I used ground beef that contributes much flavor and is made even more flavorful with seasonings, herbs, salsa, sour cream, and cheese.

This is so easy and delicious that it will quickly become your go-to dinner during busy weeknights. Once you make it, the whole family will love it! Preparing the shell pasta might actually be the longest thing that you will do to cook this dish.

This recipe is perfect for taco Tuesday, busy weeknights, potlucks, gatherings, and any family occasion. It will surely be something to rave about!

If you are in the mood for some Mexican dinners like this, then, check out my other recipes like Chipotle Sofritas! This meal is perfect for when you are in a hurry, it is hearty and satisfying, and also budget-friendly.

The BEST Taco Pasta – Don’t lose This


1/2 pound large shells pasta
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound ground beef
1 yellow onion (diced)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 cup water
1 cup jarred salsa
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Crushed tortilla chips
Sour cream
Chopped parsley


Cook the pasta according box directions, drain and set aside.
In the meantime, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once it starts sizzling add the ground beef and brown well, breaking it with a spoon until no longer pink.
Drain the fat.
Add the onion and garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
Add the taco seasoning, dried oregano, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add 3/4 cup of water, stir and cook until water is gone.
Add the pasta to the pan. Add the salsa and cheese. Stir to combine.
Serve immediately, preferably with crunchy tortilla chips, sour cream and more cheese on top.