by Sheryl

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 20 mins | Servings: 8

In under 20 minutes, you’ll have this exciting, super flavorful Cheesy Taco Pasta on your dinner table. An excellent meal to enjoy for a quick weeknight dinner with your loved ones. Comforting, delicious taco flavour homemade meat sauce with shell pasta.


3 cups small shell pasta
1 pound ground beef, lean or extra lean
1/2 cup onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
1/4 cup taco seasoning
2 cups of water
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
fresh cilantro, chopped, optional


Step 1: Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Add and stir the ground beef. Cook until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.

Step 2: Saute the onions and garlic (optional) to the beef and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more or until the onions are translucent.

Step 3: Pour in the tomato sauce, and add in the taco seasoning followed by water, and pasta. Cover the pan loosely and adjust the heat to medium.

Step 4: Continue to cook, occasionally stirring, for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the pasta is done.

Step 5: Take the frying out of the heat and stir in the cheese and fresh cilantro if using.

Step 6: Serve immediately. Enjoy!


You can make a homemade taco seasoning. All you have to do is combine the below ingredients in a bowl:

2 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving: Calories 268 | Fat 6g9% | Saturated Fat 3g15% | Cholesterol 46mg15% | Sodium 377mg16% | Potassium 391mg11% | Carbohydrates 30g10% | Fiber 1g4% | Sugar 2g2% | Protein 20g40% | Vitamin A 330IU7% | Vitamin C 2.6mg3% | Calcium 88mg9% | Iron 2.3mg13%

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