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Tex-Mex Taco Pasta


Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

When Josh and I get the munchies late at night, our go to snacks are popcorn, brie and crackers, or chips and salsa. Anyone else agree? Chips and Salsa – only one of the best things to eat EVER!

Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP?!

Last week when I went to the store they were all out of my favorite brand of tortilla chips!!!!!

I know! How dare they!

I searched the entire store and even considered swiping a bag I saw in another shopper’s cart. But, self-control got the best of me and I went and found a stock boy (do they still call them stock boys?), and asked if there were any more bags hiding in the back.


Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

There weren’t anymore. And that’s when I came to the conclusion that there is a conspiracy in our grocery stores. That’s right – OUR grocery stores!

You see when you send a “stock boy” to go look for a specific item that’s been stolen from the shelves, I’m thinking that they really do have the item in stock. They are just lying to us. LYING! Can you believe it? I don’t really believe their excuse about another shipment coming in the morning.

Lies. All lies.

Anyways, aside from the lies the grocery stores are telling us, I did find out that I can buy these tortilla chips online! Like pretty much everything else in the world. So I guess it’s not a big deal at all and really just a first world problem for me. Looks like I need to get over myself a bit, haha!

Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

Let’s talk about this pasta. It’s out of this world good. It’s got flavor. It’s got texture. It’s cheesy, meaty, filling, and the best part – done in 30 minutes! What could be better than that?


Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

Tex-Mex Taco Pasta

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

On the table in 30 minutes or less, this cheesy pasta is full of zesty spices and your favorite tex-mex ingredients!


  • 1 lb ground beef (you could also use ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning, low sodium
  • 1 (15oz) can Rotel, drained of excess liquid
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, drained
  • 1/2 lb farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped


  1. In a large pot, bring water a boil and prepare pasta as directed.
  2. In a high-rimmed skillet, brown ground beef on medium-high heat and drain off excess grease. Season with taco seasoning (preparing as directed on packet) and simmer for 5 minutes. To the meat mixture, stir in Rotel, black beans, and corn. Turn the heat off and cover with a lid.
  3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add in the meat mixture and stir. Pour in the cream and toss in the cheese and stir with a wooden spoon until the cheese has completely melted.
  4. Ladle pasta into bowls and topped with chopped cilantro.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 518mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 31g
Tex Mex Taco Pasta Nutrition

Yolanda Ojeda

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

This pasta is delicious. Love this recipe

Chelsia Rief

Friday 8th of September 2023

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's a favorite in our house!

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Thursday 21st of January 2016

Made this last night - it was good, but much spicier than I expected, my 4 year old wouldn't touch it :( If I cut the taco seasoning in half, will that make it less spicy? Obviously it's not spicy compared to a lot of things, but we're pretty sensitive to spice around here :)

Chelsia Rief

Monday 25th of January 2016

Hi Molly, I am so sorry to hear it was too spicy for your son. That definitely is not good. You could certainly cut the taco seasoning in half and instead of Rotel, you can substitute a can of diced tomatoes instead. I think the spice probably is coming from the Rotel...typically, that is used in Queso dip and there is a bit of heat to it. Try making those substitutions and let me know how it works for you. :)


Wednesday 20th of January 2016

Looks yummy, I'll have to try it! I can't believe I'm the only one wondering what kind of tortilla chips are so good? But you got my curiosity up, we are always looking for good brands of chips!

Chelsia Rief

Monday 25th of January 2016

Our favorite tortilla chips are Juanitas brand. They taste just like the chips you get in a Mexican restaurant and we especially like them, because they are made locally here in the PNW!

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