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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
Keyword beef casserole, beef casserole recipe, pasta bake, pasta bake recipe, taco bake, taco bake recipe, taco casserole, taco casserole recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 568kcal
Author Jenny


  • Oven


  • 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