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Dinner
May
14
2012

Queso Taco Pasta Bake

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Sharing my Queso Taco Pasta Bake recipe today!
Queso Taco 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

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

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

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon 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 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onions

1 tablespoons minced garlic

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

One 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes, mild

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

3/4 pound small pasta of your choice

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water.

5. 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.

Makes 8 servings

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    Christina says:

    Made this last night. Doubled the recipe, but only used 1 can of rotel because someone in the house dislikes tomatoes. Everyone loved it! Used a spicy salsa since it was all I had in the house. Had a kick! Also used garlic & onion powders instead of actual onion/garlic because of said picky tomato hater. Great easy recipe, reheats well!

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    Terri says:

    Tried it tonight. Everyone loved it. Also made the itty bitty chocolate chip/oreo cookies, those were a hit as well. Thank you for sharing.

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    Amber says:

    This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing! Got it off pinterest and I love it!

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    Melissa Crotts says:

    Can’t thank you enough for sharing this recipe!! I found it on Pinterest, made it tonight and it was DELICIOUS!

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    Katie says:

    Looks sooooo good. My small family loves Mexican cuisine. I’m going to have try this as we do similar things at our home but haven’t tried something quite like this.

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    Katie says:

    Just made this tonight for dinner — AMAZING!! My hubby was excited just reading the list of ingredients and looking at your pictures. When it was almost ready for the oven, he said there was no way it could be bad! We loved it, and it may have become our go-to Mexican meal. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!

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    Lesley says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Made it last week … the family loved it!

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    Meg's says:

    Made a ton for our family of 2 adults and two littles. Froze half if it. Planning to thaw and bake another night.

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    Cindi says:

    This queso is to die for…I love this dish and the family
    loved it…I did not add or delete anything..served it with
    a salad..amazing!!!!!

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    Betsy R. says:

    I was craving pasta and Mexican, what a great combination! I enjoyed this meal a lot. My husband was looking for more of a spicy heat factor and added some Frank’s to his dish. I also thought that it would be saucier. Next time I will double the cheese sauce and maybe make a section with jalapenos on top for my hubby.

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    I just made this tonight, and it was a hit with the whole family. I loved all the gooey cheese; it was filling and satisfying. I really liked that the recipe called for a homemade queso, rather than the jarred varieties I have seen used in similar recipes. I will mark this one a winner!

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    Hannah says:

    I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while and I finally made it yesterday…amazing! I used ground turkey instead of beef, and still delicious. I will definitely be making this again soon! (and possible making extra queso for dipping; I couldn’t stop licking the spoon.)

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    Brooke Browne says:

    I made this once before with some basic pasta and it was great. Then I found the pasta you used at World Market and immediately ran to get the rest of the ingredients. I’m adding a poblano pepper with the onions and I’ll see how it goes….

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    J. Dean says:

    This recipe was very delicious. I doubled it for our family of 8, & had a small amount of leftovers. While this is delicious, & most of the ingredients are usually in your pantry or freezer, it did take a while to make.

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    Noreen says:

    This was absolutely delicious! Are you sure you used a tablespoon of cumin? That seemed like way too much. I used 1/2 tsp and it had wonderful flavor. I also used rotel with chilies and added some fresh chopped cilantro. Everyone cleaned their plates!

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    Amy says:

    So I made this last night, but took longer to make than I thought and threw it in the fridge to heat up tonight. Its a great dish. Love the taste. Thank you for sharing!

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    Hanna says:

    What kind of pasta would you recommend for this?

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    Ginny says:

    This is delicious! I love how the queso had chicken broth in it!

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    Sarah says:

    I LOVED this dish. It was simple (I know because even I could make it) and delicious! I am making this for my whole family this weekend!! Thanks for an awesome recipe, Jenny!

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    Found this recipe on Pinterest! I don’t know how I missed it first time around. My husband loves queso and thought this was so good! We added turkey and it was delicious! Your pasta noodles are so cute too!

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    Allie says:

    Why did I never think to pair pasta and mexican before!? Vegetarian foodie here so I took your idea and put my own spin on it. I added peppers, beans, corn and cilantro. It’s currently in the oven but I tried (a few) bites before I put it in and it was delicious! I can’t wait for my family to taste it – my 5 year old with her love of mexican and mac and cheese will be in heaven 🙂

    I just knew I needed to come on here and say THANKS for the blueprint of a great recipe!

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    Crystal says:

    This looks amazing! I’m going to the store now so I can make this. Thank you so much for having a from scratch queso recipe with easy instructions. I can’t believe I didn’t find this earlier

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    Julie says:

    This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!! In the last part of the directions it says to transfer, beef, noodles and queso to large pot over medium heat. Are you supposed to cook it more before transferring to baking dish and baking?

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    Macey M says:

    I Just made this! And while it was delicious, I like tons of flavor! So, to add extra depth of flavor, I added half of a pack of dry ranch dressing seasoning. I would also do what the recipe suggests and add monzerella cheese as well as cheddar (even using the fiesta blend bag of cheese would be good too! Once again, it’s a depth of flavor thing for me 🙂 I am so glad I came upon this recipe, it is definitely a new favorite!!!

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