Cheesy Taco Skillet


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This super tasty taco skillet, is full of ground beef, pasta and heaps of cheesy flavor!

With just a handful of ingredients, this creamy pasta dish is a family favorite. In less than 30 minutes, plates will be piled high with piping hot cheesy goodness!

Cheesy taco rotini in a skillet with a serving spoon

Easy One-Pot Meal

This meal is made in just one pot meaning that both cooking and cleanup are so simple.

This skillet can be easily modified to suit any family’s preferences. There’s no need to make a trip to the store, just grab a few ingredients from the cupboard, and get cooking!

The fact that it tastes like delicious homemade tacos with none of the fuss makes it even better.

Ingredients for Cheesy taco skillet on the counter in bowls

Ingredients & Variations

GROUND BEEF Beef can be easily subbed out for ground turkey or chicken. For a vegetarian version, just cook up some lentils to add instead of meat! Season with taco seasoning.

CHEESE Velveeta cheese is one of those that adds creamy comfort to meals! If you don’t have (or want to use) Velveeta, add in some cream cheese and handful of any other favorites like cheddar, nacho, jalapeno jack, or marble.

SALSA Salsa pulls the whole thing together, and eliminates the need to cut onions! Use your favorite store-bought salsa or try this homemade salsa or a can or drained tomatoes with chilis (like Rotel).

PASTA This taco skillet recipe calls for pasta and any medium pasta will do! I love the way the cheese clings in the spirals of rotini so it’s my first choice in this recipe.

Combining meat and taco seasoning with pasta in a skillet

How to Make a Cheesy Taco Skillet

There are just a few steps to this (and only one pan needed).

  1. Brown the meat and drain any fat.
  2. Add the seasonings, pasta, water and salsa. Simmer until pasta is tender (no need to drain).
  3. Stir in the cheese until melted and creamy.

That’s all there is to it. For extra flavor, sprinkle with your favorite taco toppings!

Tips for a Perfect Pasta Skillet

Skillets always taste great, but we got some tips that make sure it’s perfect!

  • I use lean ground beef in this recipe (80/20). Be sure to drain any fat before adding the pasta.
  • The pasta cooks with the beef in water and salsa and there is no need to drain.
  • You may need to add a bit more water, you want it to be a little bit saucy before adding the Velveeta.
  • Vegetables can be added in the last little bit of cooking the pasta. Peppers and corn are great in this recipe.
  • Cube the cheese to make melting easier. If substituting the Velveeta, add in some cream cheese for a creamy sauce along with some shredded cheeses for flavor.

Adding Velveeta to a Cheesy taco skillet

For leftovers, seal in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to four days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight, and serve with biscuits, cheesy breadsticks, or inside taco shells!

Easy Pasta Skillet Recipes

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Cheesy taco rotini in a skillet with a serving spoon
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Review Recipe

Cheesy Taco Skillet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
This easy cheesy taco skillet is the perfect one-pot meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 3 1/2 cups medium pasta such as penne or rotini, uncooked
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes

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Instructions

  • Brown ground beef until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  • Stir in taco seasoning.
  • Add water, salsa, and pasta. Bring to a boil reduce heat and cover.
  • Simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender adding more water if needed.
  • Once pasta is tender, add cheese and stir until smooth and creamy.

Recipe Notes

 
  • I use lean ground beef in this recipe (80/20). Be sure to drain any fat before adding the pasta.
  • The pasta cooks with the beef in water and salsa and there is no need to drain.
  • You may need to add a bit more water, you want it to be a little bit saucy before adding the Velveeta.
  • Vegetables can be added in the last little bit of cooking the pasta. Peppers and corn are great in this recipe.
  • Cube the cheese to make melting easier. If substituting the Velveeta, add in some cream cheese for a creamy sauce along with some shredded cheeses for flavor.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 641, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 1310mg, Potassium: 779mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 830IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 367mg, Iron: 4mg
Keyword cheesy taco skillet, easy pasta skillet, how to make a taco skillet, Taco Skillet
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