Oh, how I love one-pot meals, and when they’re full of flavor and ready to go in 30 minutes, it makes me break out in song with happiness! This one-pot taco pasta is full of creamy, cheesy ground beef taco goodness, and it’s a hit with everyone in the house. It’s the perfect hearty and quick meal for the weekday rush. I like to make a big batch of this and use the left-overs for lunches. This recipe never disappoints and you’ll find yourself making excuses to cook this up!
- I like to buy block cheese and grate it myself. The cheese melts much easier and is creamier than the already-shredded cheese that’s prepackaged.
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 C Monterey Jack shredded
- 1/3 cup (4 oz.) Velveeta cheese, diced
- 1 lb. Ground beef, 90% lean (you could also use ground turkey)
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 ounce Taco Seasoning packet
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 C beef broth
- 1 C 2 % milk or whole milk
- 10 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes (with green chilies, undrained)
- 12 lb. Medium pasta shells; see notes
- Using a food processor or box grater, shred your sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Set aside.
- In a large, high-walled skillet or pot (or Dutch oven), add your hamburger and cook till brown. If needed, drain the grease. Usually there is not much grease if you use 90% lean or greater.
- Add your butter to the pot with your burger, along with your minced garlic. Cook till garlic is fragrant, 1–2 minutes.
- Toss in all remaining ingredients, except your cheese and pasta. Stir well.
- Increase your stovetop temperature to medium-high and bring to a slow boil. Now add your pasta, making sure it’s submerged in your liquid. Apply a lid and cook according to package directions. Halfway through cooking, make sure you stir to keep the ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Once your pasta is cooked to your liking, remove the cover.
- Turn your stovetop down to low and slowly add your cheese. Stir until your cheeses have melted and everything is well combined.
- Remove from heat and allow your one-pot taco pasta to cool slightly. Your sauce will thicken, and your pasta will absorb all those yummy flavors.
- Once the desired consistency is reached, serve!
- Enjoy, friends! ❤️