Beef Taco Pasta Skillet

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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 on a while plate topped with sour cream, tomatoes 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!

A serving spoonful of taco pasta in a large skillet

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. 

Uncooked Ingredients for taco pasta skillet in a pot including beef, raw macaroni and chopped bell peppers

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 little bowls. My family loved customizing their meals by adding toppings to create their ‘taco pasta bowls’ before they dove in!

A serving bowl filled with taco pasta skillet and topped with jalapenos and tomatoes

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!

5 from 2 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
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!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 package McCormick® Taco Seasoning mix
  • 2 1/2 cups water divided
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce or 1 cup
  • 1 1/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided

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  1. Brown beef, onion and garlic until no pink remains, about 5-6 minutes. Drain any fat.
  2. Add McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix, green pepper, 2 cups of the water, salsa, tomato sauce and macaroni.
  3. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally 20 minutes or just until pasta is tender adding remaining water as needed.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese.
  5. Garnish as desired with tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream and green onion.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 323, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 717mg, Potassium: 670mg, Carbohydrates: 30g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 26g, Vitamin A: 13.4%, Vitamin C: 26%, Calcium: 17.8%, Iron: 16.8%

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

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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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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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