Pasta of any kind is an absolute favorite at our house, and so are tacos. Who would have thought of putting pasta and tacos together in the same dish!? This recipe actually amazed  me with how delicious it turned out! I bought Better Homes and Gardens Pasta Volume 2 at a library book sale for less than a dollar, and found this recipe which combined these two of our family’s favorite types of food, pasta and tacos into one very special dish.

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The flavors were so well combined and smokey, and even my hubby thought it was delicious, and he isn’t always a fan of trying new culinary concoctions.
Anyway, if you would like to try this delicious dish, here is what you need:

INGREDIENTS:

  • A pound of ground beef
  • 5 oz. spaghetti noodles broken in smaller pieces
  • 1/2 chopped onion (I used dried minced onion.)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 11 oz. can of corn (if you like the corn with sweet peppers, you can use that), drained
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup of salsa
  • 4 cups of lettuce, shredded
  • 1 large or 2 small tomatoes
  • A cup of broken up tortilla chips
  • Options: 1 cup of pitted sliced olives, 4 oz. of green chili peppers (drained and diced),  sour cream
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DIRECTIONS:

  • Make your pasta, rinse and drain.
  • In a large pan brown your ground beef and cook the onion also. Drain out any fat, and then add the taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring a few times so it won’t stick to the pan.
  • Add the pasta, corn, salsa, half a cup of cheddar cheese, and if you like, the olives and chili peppers.
  • Lightly mix and then pour into a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with the other 1/2 cup of cheese, and you are ready to serve with the lettuce, tomato and sour cream.
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Taco Pasta

Course dinner
Servings 4
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • A pound of ground beef
  • 5 oz. spaghetti noodles broken in smaller pieces
  • 1/2 chopped onion (I used dried minced onion.)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 11 oz. can of corn (if you like the corn with sweet peppers, you can use that, drained)
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3/4 cup of salsa
  • 4 cups of lettuce (shredded)
  • 1 large or 2 small tomatoes
  • A cup of broken up tortilla chips
  • Options: 1 cup of pitted sliced olives (4 oz. of green chili peppers (drained and diced), sour cream)

Instructions

  • Make your pasta, rinse and drain.
  • In a large pan brown your ground beef and cook the onion also.
  • Drain out any fat, and then add the taco seasoning and water.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring a few times so it won’t stick to the pan.
  • Add the pasta, corn, salsa, half a cup of cheddar cheese, and if you like, the olives and chili peppers.
  • Lightly mix and then pour into a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with the other 1/2 cup of cheese, and you are ready to serve with the lettuce, tomato and sour cream.

Now this recipe says it serves six, but when I made it,
it only served 3 hungry adults.

taco pasta, Taco Pasta, Joyful HomemakingI really can’t express how yummy this dish is,
and I hope you will try it and enjoy!

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39 Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like that before- Taco Spaghetti. Looks really delish.

    Thanks for linking up.

  2. Like the others, I have never heard of such a fab mix of dish’s! My girls love a little spice so this is going on my meal plan this week, thanks 😀

  3. This one sounds good, and simple! I love it. I will have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

    I am visiting from TILT. It is nice to “meet” you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

    Blessings,
    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  4. This represents all of our favorite foods, too! I’m going to make this tonight, as we already had a more expected pasta dish last night but I don’t have any flour tortillas in the house. Problem solved! Dinner planned! Thank you for this idea, and for linking to Food on Fridays!

    annkroeker.com

  5. You know, this looks wonderful… wonder how it would taste with ground turkey? We are not beef eaters so I’ll give it a try!
    Thank you for posting this. Always nice to try something different!
    Following from “Under $100.” linkey party.
    Sandy

  6. Hi Margo,
    What a great find in the book and the recipe. We would really love this Taco Spaghetti, it looks like a great meal. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

  7. I love spaghetti and tacos and the combination sounds wonderful! I’ll be making this very soon, if you have time – please stop over and link up at my party which goes on every weekend…

  8. What a great find – book and recipe! It combines two of my favorites – spaghetti and tacos 🙂

  9. I just made this and it was delicious!!! I crushed my chips and mixed them in for texture.

  10. I made this for dinner tonight and yum, yum, yum! I was so glad there was a little bit left over so that I got to have it for lunch today!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe of the Week! I really am excited to try this one out! If you have any other pasta recipes you would like to share, please add them! The more pasta the merrier! hehe

  12. I just discovered your blog through iheart Organizing and just happened to see this on your sidebar! It looks so yummy! I think I’m going to make it tonight since I already have almost ALL of the ingredients!

    I’m enjoying exploring your site. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    Also, I would love to know how you did that with the pics on your sidebar and linking them to the posts. 😉

    P.S. We’re in week 9 of FPU and loving it! 😉

  13. We tried it last week! I doubled the recipe since I had 2 pds ground beef thawed. We had enough for 2 meals (and we are 5, incl. three grown kids) and 2 extra freezer portions for the hub. SOOOOO yummy, even my picky younger son liked it. Thank you!
    Sue

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