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Creamy Taco Pasta

Taco pasta is a mashup-recipe of pasta tossed with spicy ground pork and tomato sauce that has been seasoned with traditional taco seasonings. I could eat this every day.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mexican
Keyword pasta, recipe, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 396 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork or spicy Mexican chorizo - or you can prepare this with chicken or ground beef
  • 1 14- ounce can crushed tomatoes - or use the equivalent of fresh chopped tomatoes (just cook them down nicely)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons favorite hot sauce if desired
  • 3 tablespoons Taco seasoning – Or use an equal blend of Spanish Paprika, Ancho Powder and Cayenne Powder with a few extra sprinkles of Cumin.
  • 3 tablespoons or more as desired Crema or sour cream
  • 16 ounces Fideo noodles - or sub in spaghetti or vermicelli noodles
  • Cotija cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add jalapeno, onion and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
  3. Add ground pork and brown on each side. Break it up and cook it most of the way through.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and stir. Bring to a very slight boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  5. Add cilantro, hot sauce (if using) and seasonings and stir to incorporate. Simmer about 20 minutes or so to allow flavors to develop.
  6. Prepare the noodles to al dente, boiling about 12 minutes in salted water. Add a couple of spoonsful of the pasta water to your sauce and stir.
  7. Remove sauce from heat and stir in the Crema or sour cream.
  8. Toss with noodles and top with shredded Cotija cheese.

Recipe Notes

This makes a good 6-8 servings, depending on how hungry you are.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Taco Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 290mg12%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 13.5mg16%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.