Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

This Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta is the perfect dinner for busy days. An easy dinner recipe for feeding the family! Taco flavor perfection!


Easy Dinner Recipes For Family

Having quick and easy dinner recipes on hand is a MUST when you’ve got lots going on during the weekdays. Having three boys, I know how important it is to have great pasta recipes that I can whip up in no time.

This quick fix pasta quickly became a family favorite. My boys went nuts for it. All of your favorite beef taco ingredients into a fun pasta dish. Get creative and add your own favorite ingredients. Corn kernels, black olives, shredded cheese, sour cream are all great options.

Try my Weeknight Creamy Sausage Pasta for another great weekday option! Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

This is a great recipe to serve for a large party too, takes no time at all to prepare.

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring simple Mexican-style recipes.

How To Make Taco Pasta

Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

Here’s your simple line up of ingredients.

Taco Pasta

The star ingredients are Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix.

Taco Pasta

Once your beef is browned, start adding your taco topping ingredients.

Taco Pasta

Be sure to not overcook your pasta, I like to set my timer for one minute less than the box says.

Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

Add your cooked pasta to the beef mixture. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning.

Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

Give a good stir and garnish with additional green onions and cilantro.

Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

This is also great with a spoon of your favorite salsa stirred in.

Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

A family-favorite Taco Pasta recipe that comes together in no time, for a tasty and easy weeknight dinner! Filled with irresistible Tex-Mex flavors, made into a cheesy ground beef pasta recipe.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 349kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1 pound dry small pasta of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Mild Taco Seasoning
  • 1 can Old El Paso whole green chilies chopped
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Heat 5 quart dutch oven or pot full of water over medium heat. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. When hot, saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes, until softened. Add ground beef, salt and pepper cooking until crumbled and browned.
  • Add cooked pasta back to dutch oven, stir in beef mixture, taco seasoning, chilies, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 22.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Keywords: ground beef pasta recipes, kid friendly dinner ideas, mexican pasta

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Weeknight Beef Taco Pasta

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27 Responses
  1. Monika

    Made this last night. First, this was very dry. It needed a sauce or something. I don’t understand how you can just throw all those ingredients in without a liquid to mix the taco packet. I ended up putting 28 oz crushed tomato. It was ok. Sorry

  2. Michelle

    This is what’s for dinner tonight!! My hubs and oldest love anything meat/taco related and of course pasta. My youngest is just now delving into the world of yumminess that is taco/burritos. This is something we all can get behind! And you even used my favoritist pasta shape- cavatappi!!!!

  3. Jamie | My Baking Addiction

    My husband is obsessed with tacos, so recipe will definitely be happening this week! So fun and easy!

  4. Tanya Schroeder

    My family are huge taco lovers; I can see this pasta making a regular appearance at our dinner table-there is something for everyone in this dish.

  5. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    Any way we can find to eat ’em, we love our tacos! Great pasta dish, Jenny!

  6. Jessica - The Novice Chef

    This looks divine! I love all the flavors in it and I know my family would too!

  7. Caren Gittleman

    thanks for sharing this! I love how easy it is! I am going to change it up by adding super lean ground meat or super lean ground turkey and use whole wheat pasta. Thanks so much!

  8. Christine @ WRY TOAST

    this is such an easy, fun recipe!!! sounds like it’d be really easy to reheat too, which is always a bonus! pinned doll 🙂

  9. Serene @ House of Yumm

    This dish is perfect for my family! 4 kids, all I can handle is easy weeknight meals. Pinning this one!

  10. shelly (cookies and cups)

    My Jake would LOVE this! Anything with Taco Seasoning is always his favorite!!

  11. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I am totally loving EVERYTHING about this dish. Taco flavor? Check! easy, weeknight dinner deliciousness? Double check! Great recipe – pinned!

  12. cookbook queen

    Quick and easy weeknight meals like this are a life saver!! My whole family would love this 🙂

  13. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    Woohoo, two tasty dishes combined! This looks and sounds delicious, pinned for later.

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