This beefy Taco Pasta Skillet combines tender ground beef, peppers, salsa, and perfectly cooked macaroni noodles with delicious taco seasoning mix to give you an easy at-home meal option this Cinco de Mayo!

Who says you need to go out to a Mexican restaurant to get the amazing Mexican flavors you know and love? Creating a fiesta of flavor at home is easy!

I have partnered with McCormick to create this beef taco pasta skillet that is sure to bring your at-home fiesta to the next level!  

Taco Pasta Skillet on a plate with sour cream and jalapenos

I love taco anything… taco salad, classic tacos, taco soup, taco dip… I have tried and loved them all. I do have to admit, this Taco Pasta Skillet just might be my favorite!

This beef Taco Pasta Skillet takes all of those amazing taco flavors and turns them into a mess free and stress free weeknight dinner that is both budget friendly, and kid friendly! And I’m happy to share this just in time for a family fiesta celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Making this dish in one pan really cuts back on the clean up time and kitchen mess making it “me friendly” too!

Taco Pasta Skillet on a pot with a spoon

Just like in my One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni recipe, browning the ground beef  with the onions and garlic in this recipe really helps to bring out the flavors in this taco pasta! While you cook ground beef, you will notice a liquid fat begin to form in the bottom of your pan, you’ll want to make sure you drain the beef before everything else is added to the dish, for both texture and the overall flavor!

Flavorful McCormick® Taco Seasoning mix is added to the beef  to create a perfectly seasoned dish and a fiesta of flavor! Feel free to swap in McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix Hot too if you’d like to kick it up a bit and add an extra flavor boost.

Taco Pasta Beef Skillet ingredients in a pot

Finally, bell peppers and are added along with salsa, tomato sauce and uncooked macaroni noodles. It all simmers together in one skillet for the perfect simple family meal! Once the noodles are cooked to al dente (tender yet slightly firm), simply stir in the cheese (always my favorite part) and top it with your favorite taco toppings!

My favorite toppings are sour cream and jalapenos, but if you asked my daughter the exact same question you’d get one answer: C-H-E-E-S-E!

To serve this we scoop out individual servings and set all of the toppings on the table in a little bowl. My family loved customizing their meals by adding toppings to create their ‘taco pasta bowls’ before they dove in!

White bowl of Taco Pasta Skillet with sour cream and cheese

This beef Taco Pasta Skillet will become a family favorite fast. While it simmers, the entire house fills with aromas that instantly made me feel like I was in a Mexican restaurant… minus the colored chili lights and sombreros of course!

Taco Pasta Skillet on a plate with sour cream and jalapenos
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Beef Taco Pasta Skillet

This beefy Taco Pasta Skillet combines tender ground beef, peppers, salsa, and perfectly cooked macaroni noodles with delicious taco seasoning mix to give you an easy at-home meal option this Cinco de Mayo!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 package McCormick® Taco Seasoning mix
  • 2 ½ cups water divided
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded


  • Brown beef, onion and garlic until no pink remains, about 5-6 minutes. Drain any fat.
  • Add McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix, green pepper, 2 cups of the water, salsa, tomato sauce and macaroni.
  • Cover and simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally 20 minutes or just until pasta is tender adding remaining water as needed.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese.
  • Garnish as desired with tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream and green onion.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 323 | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 670mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

I am excited to have partnered with McCormick to bring you this belly warming recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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  1. Holly, I’ve made this recipe a couple of times now and it is a really good meal. I just want to say that I really appreciate you including the Sodium and Potassium levels in your nutritional values. I have a family member who has Kidney Diseas and those values are really important for him to know.
    Thank you, and keep those delicious recipes coming! Have a great day!5 stars

  2. We cut this recipe in half using 1/2 lb leftover cooked taco meat from yesterday’s dinner.
    Since the meat was already cooked, we omitted the raw onion and garlic and used onion powder and garlic powder instead. There are only two in our home, so this was a great way to use leftover taco meat. This was such an easy recipe to throw together and I will make again.5 stars

  3. This is a great recipe that I make over and over again. I don’t put in onion and green peppers because it’s already in the salsa. I season the meat with garlic powder and onion powder. And I cook the pasta first and then add it to the skillet. This way it doesn’t soak up all the liquid. But overall a very good meal and it’s easy too.

  4. Hello! Trying to make this today but there are some confusing directions- the cheddar cheese is divided but no direction where the second half goes?
    Also what is the other option to tomato sauce? “It says 8 ounces tomato sauce or 1 cup” but doesn’t specify the replacement. Thanks

    1. Sorry for the confusion Paige, all of the cheese is added in step 4. And for the tomato sauce it is 8 ounces of tomato sauce which is 1 cup. I hope this helps!

  5. Thank you for giving us the nutritional stats. How much of this skillet dish is a serving? I saw that it is 6 servings, but to stay within a goal of a certain amount of fat, sodium, etc.., could you also give us a serving size for each dish? I’m assuming it’s 1/2 cup, but wondered it you could add serving size to each dish.5 stars

  6. Delicious dish, easy recipe, greats flavors! You can definitely customize to your liking. My husband said, its one of his top 10.5 stars

  7. While looking for gluten free pastas I have run across pasta made from corn. I’m thinking this might be a perfect recipe for that pasta. Thanks for all your recipes.

  8. My husband and I LOVE this! I added a can of corn. Also, when I make tacos, I’ve always used beer to replace the water with the seasoning packet. So I did it here too.