Taco Pasta Skillet

If you like tacos and love pasta, I have a recipe to share with you this afternoon that might be right up your alley!

cheese ground beef taco pasta

A taco pasta skillet!

Last night I wanted pasta and tacos and figured I could satisfy both cravings by creating a pasta dish with a little taco flare!

taco pasta skillet

I started by boiling three cups of Barilla PLUS Farfalle pasta.

barilla pasta

A couple of weeks ago Barilla sent me a package of their pastas to try, along with a gift card to use toward recipe ingredients, so I was excited to play around in the kitchen last night!

Did you know that the name farfalle is derived from the Italian word farfalla, meaning butterfly? It’s pretty pasta!

Once I cooked and drained the pasta, I set it aside and sautéed an onion in a large skillet before adding lean ground beef, taco seasoning and diced tomatoes.

taco pasta skillet

And then I topped everything with cheese. Of course.

The end result was a hearty pasta dish that was full of flavor!

Taco Pasta Skillet

Taco Pasta Skillet


  • 3 cups Barilla PLUS Farfalle pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1-ounce packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 14.5-ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese


  1. Cook pasta in boiling water according to directions on box. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet on medium heat, heat olive oil for approximately one minute. Add onion and cook for approximately two minutes.
  3. Add ground beef to onion. Once beef is browned, add taco seasoning.
  4. Add diced tomatoes to ground beef, stir and allow to simmer for approximately three minutes.
  5. Add pasta to ground beef and stir.
  6. Top with shredded cheese and serve.

healthy taco pasta

Serve it with a side salad and you’re all set!

This pasta skillet got rave reviews in our house last night and tasted great again this afternoon when I reheated a bowl of the pasta for lunch.

If you decide to give it a go, I hope you enjoy every last bite!


  1. Michele says

    When I saw this, I immediately wanted to try it! The only problem is that I am gluten and lactose intolerant. I found gluten free quinoa styled pasta, 97% fat free beef and went from there. Not only is it a healthy option but it also agrees with my stomach. Thanks for posting this!


  2. Nicole says

    Bless you for reminding us about this recipe! So easy and delicious. Also, I made my own taco seasoning using the link posted above and it was fantastic. Love the site!



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