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Taco Pasta Recipe

This taco pasta recipe is so easy, noodles tossed with ground meat and tomato sauce seasoned with flavorful taco seasonings. A perfect quick weeknight meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mexican
Keyword: pasta, recipe, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 396kcal


  • 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


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


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


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 13.5mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg