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Taco pasta skillet recipe with bowls on the side.

Taco Pasta Skillet

Teri & Jenny
5 from 6 votes


taco seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard


  • 1 corn on cob
  • 6 ounces dry cavatappi pasta
  • tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican Blend cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • few dollops sour cream
  • chopped cilantro, optional
  • chopped avocado, optional
  • sliced jalapeno, optional


  • Combine all spices in a small bowl and stir together. Set aside.
  • Set oven to broil and char corn under broiler on each side for 1 minute. Remove from broiler and slice kernels off cob and set aside (discard cob).
  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Fill a large pot with water and place over medium-high heat.
  • Once water is boiling, add a handful of salt and pasta and boil until al dente, about 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and drain pasta. Set aside.
  • Place an 8” skillet over medium-high heat and add oil.
  • Add ground beef and saute for 3 to 4 minutes, breaking up the beef as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add shallot and garlic and continue to saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in taco seasoning and stir together. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir tomato sauce into the mixture and reduce heat to medium. Simmer mixture for about 10 minutes adding 2 tablespoons water at a time to mixture, if it begins to get too thick.
  • Once ground beef mixture has thickened, fold in cooked pasta and charred corn until evenly distributed.
  • Top pasta skillet with shredded cheese and place in oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Remove from heat and top with diced tomatoes, dollops of sour cream and sliced green onions. Serve.
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