Friday, March 11, 2022

Heavenly Taco Pasta Casserole

    Our family loves Mexican and Tex-Mex style dishes.  We often have beef or chicken enchiladas, tostados or my Mexican Tater Tot Casserole.  Another casserole we love to eat is this Heavenly Taco Pasta Casserole.  I think your whole family will love it as much as we do.  Such a comforting meal with a ton of flavor.

 ·        1 lb. lean ground beef

·        10 oz. pasta (I prefer to use small shells or spiral, but any pasta will do)

·        1 can petite diced tomatoes or homemade salsa (about 12 oz.)

·        Taco seasoning (1 packet or use homemade taco seasoning)

·        Tortilla chips, nice handful crushed up

·        1 ½ - 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

·        1 c. tacosauce (I used homemade)

·        1 c. shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican style blend cheese

·        1 c. frozen corn (optional)

·        ½ c. sour cream

·        1 T. dehydrated chopped onion

·        Chopped lettuce (optional, to serve on top)


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

In a large skillet, brown the hamburger meat with the onions until the meat is cooked through. Once the meat is cooked, add in your taco seasoning and follow the package directions.

As the meat is cooking, prepare your pasta according to package directions. 

When the taco meat is done, add in the corn (if using, sometimes I use corn and sometimes I do not, depends on my mood).  Stir in the diced tomatoes or salsa.   Now stir in the taco sauce and sour cream.

Once the pasta is done and drained, add the pasta in with the meat mixture.  Stir well.  Pour the pasta and meat sauce into a 9”x13” cake pan or casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or oil.  Top with the cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the mixture is hot and bubbly and the cheese has melted.

When ready to serve, sprinkle on the crushed chips and top with lettuce, fresh tomatoes, homemade guacamole, sour cream, black olives, etc.  


     This is great on its own but I like to serve a side of refried beans and some creamy, cold corn salad or some Mexican Street Corn to go with it. 





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