Taco Pasta Bake

Taco Pasta Bake:

My family loves Tacos, and Pasta, so I thought that combining the two would be a huge hit, and it was! Here is how I put this recipe together:

First, I browned just over a pound of ground beef. The amount doesn’t have to be exact, my local store never sells exactly one pound. This one was probably closer to 1.25 pounds. While it’s browning, I place my small colander over a bowl. When the meat is good and brown, I pour it into the colander and use the spatula to stir and mash it to make sure all of the grease drains out the bottom of the colander. We don’t like greasy meat, and when it’s cool (but before it solidifies) I pour it into the trash can.

Next, put the strained meat back into the skillet and use a taco seasoning packet and 3/4 cup of water to season the meat. Let it cook until the seasoning is absorbed and the water has cooked out. Add the Cream Cheese until it is mixed through.

Meanwhile, Cook your pasta, and when it is done and has been drained, pour it into your baking dish.  I used a 9×9 pan. Add your shredded cheese on top.

Add the beef mixture, and stir it all up so it’s mixed well. Then bake uncovered at 35o for about 30 minutes.

I had some extra cheese left, so when I pulled it out of the oven, I sprinkled it on top and let it melt before serving.

I plated it and served it to my family. They loved every last bite, and in fact, there were NO leftovers for lunch the next day!

Taco Pasta Bake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Beef, Pasta, Casserole, 5 ingredients or less
Serves: 5
  • 1 box Penne Pasta (or ziti)
  • About 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 envelope Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese (about ½ box)
  • 1½ Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Can divide or add extra, according to your preference
  1. For step by step instructions, please visit http://whenisdinner.com/taco-pasta-bake/

This recipe is partying at:

9 Comments to "Taco Pasta Bake"

  1. February 12, 2013 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Looks so yummy! We make a similar recipe of stuffed 3 way chili shells! I will have to add this to our menu and try it out! Thanks for sharing!

  2. February 12, 2013 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    That looks delicious! I’m gonna have to make that for the kids soon!

  3. February 12, 2013 - 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Cool recipe! I bet the cream cheese makes it over the top! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. February 12, 2013 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    This looks delicious! I usually make a very similar dish the day after taco day to use up all of the leftovers.

  5. February 13, 2013 - 12:04 am | Permalink

    yum yum extra yum. Looks really good. Why didn’t I think of doing the taco pasta combo

  6. amanda whitley's Gravatar amanda whitley
    October 14, 2013 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    wow this looks so good. i pinned this so i can make it later. this is so unique

  7. kathy pease's Gravatar kathy pease
    October 15, 2013 - 1:19 pm | Permalink

    This looks amazing I really need to try this out on my family I know they would love it :)

  8. Ashley B.'s Gravatar Ashley B.
    October 15, 2013 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea because I normally don’t mix pasta and mexican flavorings, but this might actually work!

  9. AnnaZed's Gravatar AnnaZed
    October 29, 2013 - 3:55 pm | Permalink

    What a yum idea; everyone loves that ‘taco’ flavor; so why not!

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

2 Trackbacks to "Taco Pasta Bake"

  1. on September 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm
  2. on October 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm