Cheesy Taco Pasta

One-pot Cheesy Taco Pasta – One of the easiest quick dinner recipes. It’s loaded with ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese. So delicious. This simple and easy recipe comes together in 20 minutes. Quick and easy recipe. Cheesy Taco Pasta is one of my favorite ground beef pasta recipes: delicious taco meat in a homemade sauce with shell pasta. It’s ready in under 20 minutes in one pan for an easy weeknight dinner!

Taco pasta recipe is one of our favorite pasta dinner ideas: meaty, cheesy flavors and a soft, oozy texture keep everyone coming back for more!

It’s basically taco hamburger helper, those boxes of ground beef pasta. But why settle for packaged food when it’s so easy to make this Mexican dish from scratch?

3 cups small shell pasta
1 pound ground beef, lean or extra lean
1/2 cup onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
1/4 cup taco seasoning
2 cups water
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
fresh cilantro, chopped, optional

Place a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
Add ground beef and stir until it is no longer pink. Drain fat from the pan.
Add onions and optional garlic to the beef. Fry for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent.
Stir in the tomato sauce, taco seasoning, water and pasta.
Loosely cover the pan, reduce heat to medium.
Cook for 5-10 minutes until the pasta is done, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in cheese and optional fresh cilantro. Serve and enjoy!