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One Pot Beef Taco Pasta

You'll love this one pot beef taco pasta made with a quick and easy homemade taco mix. Absolutely delicious!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword easy taco pasta, one pot taco pasta, taco pasta, taco spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author April Boller Wright


Cheese sauce

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 10 oz diced tomatoes with chilies
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Better than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 2 cups water
  • cilantro for garnish
  • shredded cheddar cheese

To Make the Slurry

  • 1 ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp water


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil, brown the beef with the onions and garlic. 
  • Next, add the taco seasonings aka, chili powder, garlic powder, sweet paprika, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, diced onions and minced garlic. Now add 2 cans of the diced tomatoes with green chilies, tomato paste, beef base and water.
  •  Add the water. Mix. Let it come to a boil.
  • Add pasta and mix well. Cover with a lid and set stove to low. Cook until the pasta is tender about 12 minutes or so. Thinner pasta like spaghetti may cook faster. Always check the directions on the back of the pasta box. 
  • Once the pasta is done, there may be some liquids leftover. If you like to thicken the sauce add the slurry mixture. Mix very well and pour into the skillet.
  • Mix well and cook for about 3 minutes. If you want the sauce thicker, just add a bit more cornstarch and water mix. Make sure the slurry is free of lumps before you add it to the pasta.

To Make Slurry

  • Add the slurry mixture to a small bowl and mix until smooth and no lumps are left.
  • Pour slurry into the skillet and mix well.


Feel free to garnish with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream and shredded cheese. 
This recipe has a bit of a kick to it, so you may want to use less chili powder. You can start with a tablespoon and taste. Add more if needed. 
This recipe and photos was updated on 5/25/2020.