Queso Taco Pasta Bake

This Queso Taco Pasta Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner for your whole family! This cheesy beef casserole could not be more delicious.Queso Taco Pasta Bake

The Best Pasta Bake

I think you are going to love this Queso Taco Pasta Bake recipe I developed last week! It’s full of simple everyday pantry items we usually have and full of great Mexican flavors.

I made a homemade queso sauce that you will be tempted to break the tortilla chips out and dive right in….that actually gets mixed in with the pasta and beef making a casserole the whole family is going to love!

Can’t wait to hear how you like this one, it went over great in our family. Enjoy!

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

How to Make Queso

Let’s start by making the queso. Melt your butter then whisk in your flour, salt and peppa!

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Whisk for about 30 seconds then slowly add the chicken broth. You’ll increase the heat, whisking until nice and thick. Takes close to 5 minutes.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Time for some beautiful cheese.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Give it a nice stir, should melt within a minute.

Nice and cheesy.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Add 1/2 cup of your favorite mild salsa and voila’ you’ve got queso. Set this baby aside.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

How to Make The Best Taco Casserole

Dice an onion and get it sauteeing in the pan. Add some garlic too.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Brown your ground beef.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Add a lovely can of mild Rotel tomatoes.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Add some cumin and lime juice for a yummy taco meat.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

How cute are these pasta noodles?! Found them at World Market, however use any small pasta you like.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Once your noodles are cooked, add them to a big pot with the beef.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Beauty shot 🙂

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Time to add that delicious queso sauce.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Give her a good stir, taste, then season a tad bit more if needed.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Transfer to your nice big baking dish.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Top with more shredded cheese please.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

I added a little mozzarella too, but use what you like.

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

This is what comes out of the oven. Pure gorgeousness 🙂 Hope you enjoy this Queso Taco Pasta Bake!

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

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Queso Taco Pasta Bake

This Queso Taco Pasta Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner for your whole family! This cheesy beef casserole could not be more delicious.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 568kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup prepared mild salsa
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 oz Rotel tomatoes mild
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 lb small pasta of choice
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to melt. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper for about 30 seconds until bubbly. Slowly whisk in chicken broth until smooth.
  • Increase heat to high while whisking until thickened. Takes 3-5 minutes. Stir in cheese and salsa, turn off heat and set aside.
  • Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add ground beef, salt and pepper, cooking until browned. Drain fat if necessary. Add tomatoes, cumin and lime juice, stir to combine.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water.
  • Transfer beef, noodles and queso to a large pot or dutch oven over medium low heat. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.


Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 834IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 406mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: beef casserole, beef casserole recipe, pasta bake, pasta bake recipe, taco bake, taco bake recipe, taco casserole, taco casserole recipe

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93 Responses
  1. Kate

    I saw this yesterday (I am new to your blog) and it is in the oven now, can’t wait to try it :o) and to try out some of your other gorgeous looking recipes, I have two very picky toddlers at home and so many of your recipes look like they will be winners. Thank you!

  2. Allison

    OK This recipe looks amazing, however for some reason the beef isn’t working for me… I’m thinking I’d swap out beef for ground turkey thigh meat… Or is that sacrilege?

  3. Kimberli

    This looks delicious, I will be making it this week for my family – I don’t think they’ll object too much after I tell them it involves homemade queso!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now to find a World Market near me to find some of that fun pasta…

  4. Ashley

    I made this for dinner tonight since we actually had ALL of the ingredients at home. That rarely happens. We usually have to make a trip to the store for something. It was so yummy and a huge hit at my house! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Gwen M

    Made this for supper tonight, it was really good!!!! I might try using grated queso cheese in the queso sauce, maybe add some chopped bell peppers to the meat! But my family loved it!!!!!

    1. Gwen M

      Can’t wait to go to World Market for pasta the next time we go to the city. I used bow tie tonight in mine!

    2. Michelle

      I never heard of queso cheese that you can grate! Where can I find that? I need to try it… been trying to perfect a queso recipe, and so far nothing is nearly as good as restaurant queso.

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  7. Jamie | My Baking Addiction

    I think I just found Wednesday night’s dinner. And I think I have everything on hand which is always a bonus!

  8. Molly

    So do we use 1 1/2 c. Cheese in the sauce and then 2 c. cheese on top? Is that why there are two cheese entries in the ingredients? Thanks!

  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Jenny, this recipe looks great. What a perfect quick weekday dinner idea. And all that cheese— LOVE IT!

  10. Tracy

    Ohh this looks delicious! Printing this out so I can make this for my hubby & I. We love anything with a taco flavouring to it.

      1. Ashley

        I plan on making this with ground turkey….I think that would be another option if you don’t like beef. The chicken or pork sound great as well!

  11. Jennifer

    I have been looking for a quick and easy queso recipe and the one you made here looks like it could be the one! Have you tried just this queso with tortilla chips? Was it flavorful enough to stand alone?

    1. Jenny

      Hi Jennifer, I tasted it with my finger and it was delicious. You could always add seasonings to your liking ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

  12. Candice

    Can’t wait to make this! But looking at the print directions, it looks like you left out putting the cheese into the queso at the end of step two.

  13. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This pasta bake looks so delicious, Jenny! Great flavors you used! Thanks for reminding me about World Market’s great pasta selection, too. Though I don’t need any more excuses to go there more than I do already…

  14. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Love these one-pot meals, Jenny! My kids love Mexican flavors AND pasta, so I’ll be trying this out. Thanks!

  15. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    This pasta looks amazing. You had me at homemade queso! I cannot wait to give it a try very soon. As luck would have it, I am working on my menu plan today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    Mmmm! I am totally digging the pasta right now. Carbs, carbs, carbs! ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, pregnancy…how I love you. ๐Ÿ˜€ This looks amazing. And thank goodness for World Market. I don’t know what I would do without their awesome pastas.

  17. Cookbook Queen

    Salt and Peppa. I TOTALLY got that.

    This looks so cheesy and full of yum. Going on my dinner list!!

  18. shelly (cookies and cups)

    This looks great! Perfect weeknight meal ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, love the new design..I tweaked mine too this weekend. SO fun!

  19. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    All that cheese! Yum! And I love World Market…great finds there on just about anything!

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