Rainy Day Cheesy Taco Pasta

When you have a toddler that doesn’t like Mac and cheese, it sets in a little bit of anxiety. My kiddo is one of the only kids I’ve seen that truly doesn’t care for it, and honestly, it’s fine, but it does mean that I can’t do the whole ‘sandwich or cereal’ thing for dinner. That makes it hard to not feed my little family a rotation of the same 4 meals, so I start experimenting with different aspects of different recipes. Sometimes my experiment goes really well, other times, we just order pizza…. I’m not like mom of the year, but my family gets fed, so it’s fine. One night I started to make tacos for dinner, it’s super quick and like, the easiest thing ever… until I realize AFTER the taco seasoning was on the meat that we don’t have any type of tortillas… crap. So, here I was with this pan of taco meat that was already seasoned, and I really had to think on my feet. What came out of this was a super happy accident, and I couldn’t tell you how big of a hit it was with everyone. My dad, who also happens to be my biggest fan when it comes to my recipes, absolutely loved it. Considering how big of a hit this was, I definitely counted this recipe as a win, hopefully y’all will like it too. The ‘one pot’ recipes are my fav, because, well, dishes are the worst. So, here’s my super easy, one pot, taco pasta.

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins


1. 1 lb lean ground beef

2. 1 box of penne pasta

3. 1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese

4. 1 pack of your favorite taco seasoning

5. 2 tsp salt

6. 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper

7. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

8. 1/2 tsp ground cumin

9. 1-2 cups of water, depending on how thin you want your sauce


1. In a large pot, brown ground beef and add spices

2. Once the meat is cooked completely, add in pasta and water

3. Make sure the pasta is mostly covered by the water, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes and stir frequently

4. Add cheese and salt to taste, add more water before cheese if needed

5. See notes below


You can add a can of diced tomatoes if you prefer. Make sure you salt to taste because I honestly have no idea how much you’ll need, it depends on the taco seasoning and your taste preference. All of of the ground spices are optional, in my opinion they just improve the taste.



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