Cheesy Taco Pasta

This easy Cheesy Taco Pasta is a cinch to throw together for a weeknight meal. Everyone will be begging for seconds for this comfort food!

taco past shells in a white bowl

Cheesy taco pasta was one of my favorite recipes that my mother would make when I was in high school. This recipe does not disappoint, with a mix of fresh vegetables and ooey gooey cheesy. Ground beef mixed with shells, it will quickly become a week night favorite.

Cheesy Taco Pasta is sure to be a hit with your family. Our family devours this in no time at all. It’s super tasty and filling. And best of all it is easy to make!

Easy Taco Pasta

Everybody loves easy weeknight meals right? This easy taco pasta is one you will want to add to your dinner rotation. Cheesy taco pasta is sure to be a huge hit with kids and adults.

We make this easy taco pasta with whatever pasta we have on hand but prefer shells. We like how the sauce and cheese nestle in the little cups of the shells.

cheesy taco shells in a white bowl

Cheesy Taco Pasta

You can make this taco pasta as cheesy as you like it. We added 1 cup of cheese to the recipe to start. You can add extra if you like up to an extra cup or so. We like to serve extra cheese at the table so family members can add more cheese as they like. Although we have been known to add more cheese from the very start sometime too. Just wing it as you see fit! We all love extra cheese after all.

Easy weeknight recipes for taco meat

We are always looking for easy recipes for dinner. And making ground beef or taco meat as it’s referred to in my household by some is always requested. We all love the taco flavor but let’s face it we are not eating beef tacos all the time. Although some would be perfectly happy with that menu.

This easy taco pasta is just another take on that taco flavor. We just try to make a few different recipes with that taco flavor. This easy recipe uses ground beef and gives you that great flavor of taco meat flavor.


Cheesy Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta Recipe

When we were looking for yet another taco past recipe we wanted something to be simple yet full of flavor. We make this taco pasta recipe often and love it Creamy Cheesy Taco Pasta Bake. It is cheesy and so easy to make.

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

We love that this meal can be made in one pot. One pot cheesy taco pasta can be made all in the same pot from start to finish! I don’t know about you but that’s a huge plus for us. Not having a bunch of pot and pans to deal with yeah!!

One pot cheesy taco pasta is the way to go for sure. And the meal is done is less than 30 minutes so it’s perfect for a weeknight meal. We just love an easy one pot wonder especially if the family approves. Who want to make a meal and then have everyone turn their nose up at it?! No me!

That does not happen with this cheesy taco pasta. This pasta is cheesy creamy and full of the taco flavor the family loves.

Cheesy taco pasta is very versatile too. If you don’t like black beans you can swap them out for let’s say pinto beans. Or if you have leftover corn in the fridge throw that in. We change this recipe up all the time. Feel free to make it your own.

past shells ground beef in taco seasonings in a sauce pot

Budget friendly dinner

Not only is this easy cheesy taco pasta really delicious but it is budget friendly. We are looking for easy inexpensive weeknight meals to throw into the mix of our dinner rotations.

This one is a great one for when your looking to save a little money and a little time. We always buy ground beef when it’s on sale and package it for the freezer so we are well stocked.

Budget friendly meals can easily be made if you shop when things are on sale. We stock up on everything from freezer foods to pantry staples. So this way we never have to pay top dollar for anything.

If you don’t shop this way you should really start. We have a full wall of shelves in our basement that we have for non perishable items.

Budget and Organized!

Being organized so it is neat and easy to run downstairs and grab something if I need it is key. We have a pantry in our kitchen upstairs too so when I am getting low on something I can just restock it.

We have everything from pasta, soups, stuffing mixes, crackers, salad dressings, condiments, sugars, flour ect. And of course we have cleaners, aluminum foil, storage, freezer bags, plastic bags of all sizes.

We have so much more I can’t name everything. But we will never run out of anything that’s for sure. And we always donate to our food pantry. Giving back is important.

cheesy shells

Creamy Cheesy Taco Pasta

If you would like this to be a bit creamier you can add a 1/4 cup of heavy cream to the mixture just before you add in the cheese. We go back and forth with this step. It’s delicious either way. the cheese makes it creamy so you don’t have to add the heavy cream but it does make it a bit creamier.

So are you looking for an easy cheesy weeknight meal the family will mostly likely go crazy for?

taco pasta with cheese in a pot on stove top.

This cheesy taco pasta is it. It’s a cinch to make and incredibly delicious. Make it once and I’m sure you will be making it over and over again.

This dish is so delicious with a few dallops of this tasty homemade Ricotta Cheese! This cheese is so delicious and goes well with any pasta!


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taco past shells in a white bowl

Cheesy Taco Pasta

This easy Cheesy Taco Pasta is a cinch to throw together for a weeknight meal. Everyone will be begging for seconds for this comfort food!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Rob


  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoon. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1 15oz. can of black beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( up to 2 cups)


  • In a large pan bring water to boil. Add shell and cook Drain and set aside.
  • Cook ground beef until browned, drain excess fat and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil and add chopped onion, bell pepper, and spices, stir. 
  • Add ground beef back into pan and then add black beans and stir thoroughly  
  •  Add salsa, 1 cup of water, salt, pepper, and stir again. 
  • Add shells to ground beef mixture, stir, add cheese, stir again, and serve.

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