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This recipe is a must-try for anyone looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that is packed with flavor.

Made with just five simple ingredients, it is easy to make and requires minimal prep time.

The combination of ground meat, pasta, salsa, and cheese makes for a perfect comfort food dish that is sure to satisfy your cravings.

It is highly customizable – you can add your favorite taco-style toppings to make it your own.

It can be made in just one pot, which means less clean-up time for you.


2 lbs. (900g) ground meat (beef, chicken, and/or turkey)

16 oz. (450g) pasta shells

15.5 oz. (440g) salsa

1/2 cup (56g) shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

2 (1 oz.) packets taco seasoning (or 1/4 cup if using bulk taco seasoning)

1 1/2 cups (360ml) water or milk

Optional: 1/2 cup (113g) cream cheese, sour cream, or half and half for creamier sauce


Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, and set aside.

In a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet, brown the ground meat. Once done, drain any excess fat.


Add the cooked pasta to the drained meat. If using a casserole dish, transfer the mixture to the dish.

Sprinkle the taco seasoning packet over the meat, then pour water or milk over the top.

Add the salsa to the mixture and stir to combine all ingredients.

Top with shredded cheese.

Bake in the oven at 400°F (205°C) for 18-22 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.


You can use any type of ground meat you prefer, such as beef, chicken, or turkey.

To make the sauce creamier, you can add ½ cup of cream cheese, sour cream, or half and half.

This recipe is great for meal prep, as it can be made ahead of time and reheated throughout the week.

Try topping the casserole with your favorite taco toppings, such as diced tomatoes, avocado, or sour cream.

In conclusion, this Taco Pasta Casserole is a delicious and easy-to-make recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights. With only five ingredients, it’s quick to assemble and can be customized to your liking with different types of pasta, meat, and toppings. The creamy sauce and flavorful seasoning make this casserole a hit with both kids and adults alike. Whether you’re meal prepping for the week or serving a crowd, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So give it a try and enjoy a tasty and satisfying meal!


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