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!
I started by boiling three cups of Barilla PLUS Farfalle 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.
And then I topped everything with cheese. Of course.
The end result was a hearty pasta dish that was full of flavor!Print
Taco Pasta Skillet
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
If you like tacos and love pasta, I have a recipe to share with you this afternoon that might be right up your alley!
- 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
- Cook pasta in boiling water according to directions on box. Set aside.
- In a large skillet on medium heat, heat olive oil for approximately one minute. Add onion and cook for approximately two minutes.
- Add ground beef to onion. Once beef is browned, add taco seasoning.
- Add diced tomatoes to ground beef, stir and allow to simmer for approximately three minutes.
- Add pasta to ground beef and stir.
- Top with shredded cheese and serve.
Serve it with a side salad and you’re all set!
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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!
Natalie @ Free Range Human says
Have you ever made your own taco seasoning? It’s really easy and you don’t have to worry about all the extra junk they might put in the packages.
do you have a recipe? i’d love to try it!
Natalie @ Free Range Human says
This is my go to recipe. It’s super simple. Just a matter of having the spices in your pantry! It may be my imagination, but I swear it’s so much more flavorful than the packages.
perfect! thanks so much for sharing, natalie!
Katie H. says
Yum! I’ve never thought to combine tacos and pasta, but those are two of our favorite dishes–why NOT have them at once?
Verenique B says
yum! looks amazing! can you sub black beans in for the meat with this dish? for health reasons i can’t eat meat.
definitely! i LOVE that idea! i would just rinse and drain them and add them with the tomatoes.
Verenique B says
🙂 can’t wait to try this recipe! have to make me some with the black beans and some with the taco meat for my canivourious family! 😉
I’d also recommend using a can of original or mild Ro-Tel (diced tomatoes with chiles) with the beans to give it a little extra sass, that’s how I cook black beans for taco night!
Verenique B says
would that can of ro-tel be in addition to the can of diced tomatoes in recipe or inplace of?
Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom says
I have made something similar to this before and it was super tasty!! I love anything taco and pasta, though!!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I love Mexican food and pasta so putting them both together sounds like something I would love! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
This looks really good. I think I might have to try it next week.
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I’ve never had taco-style pasta, but that looks seriously good!
That looks so tasty! My parents always make taco pasta with leftover taco ingredients….but I bet your dish tastes way better!
This reminds me of my Taco lasagna recipe, somewhat! Have you ever done Taco lasagna, Julie?
My husband would LOVE this dish!! 🙂 I totally love taco ingredients & seasonings–but usually on turkey for us!
Liz @ IHeartVegetables says
I love Barilla Plus Pasta! It tastes delicious and yet it’s still healthy 🙂
This looks amazing! I honestly wish I could have pasta every night for dinner. This is a sneaky way to have a pasta dish that doubles as Mexican. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll be trying it soon.
I’m gonna start calling it “Butterfly” pasta instead of “Bowtie.” I can totally see it! Love random language factoids. LOL
This looks fantastic! I might have to make it soon since the weather here is getting chilly.
Do you have peanutbutterfinger tanks or shirts??
This recipe looks amazing and kid friendly. I can almost guarantee it would be a hit in our house!
Sounds super delicious! I’d do it with whole wheat pasta though.
Becka @ simplybecka says
What an excellent idea. Pasta instead of chips. Yum. Have a great day. ^_^
Tina @ Best Body Fitness says
Best of both worlds – pasta and Mexican!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
YUM! Though I think I’ll swap out the ground beef to make it vegetarian. 😉
I love ‘one pot’ meals like this! I also love Barilla PLUS (and really all Barilla pastas) 🙂
Kerry @ Totes My Oats says
Yum! That seems like the perfect comfort food for a rainy day.
Ooohhh u hit the jackpot with this recipe! And its so simple 🙂 I love pasta and mexican is one of my faves, so this is worth a try~only problwm is, im hungry right now and here I am looking at your dish haha
This looks so yummy! Do you drain the diced tomatoes?
This sounds yum! I’m lovinh
Whoops damn touch screen! I’m loving taco seasoning lately, especially on scrambled eggs!
Heather @ Run Eat Play says
Perfect fall meal!
Do you ever use ground turkey instead of ground beef? Do you know if ground turkey is healthier?
I made a very similar recipe last week! I added some frozen corn and black beans. (so black beans and beef). My hubby then topped his with more salsa and sour cream. YUM!
yummmmm this looks super easy and delicious!
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
This is awesome! I love turning dishes into Mexican dishes… my absolute favorite kind of food!
Looks delicious! Great pictures!
Audrey Adams says
I just made this, ate it, and now I’m sitting here thinking how wonderfully genius this whole meal was! And i totally should have added cilantro to it if i would have thought about it.
But it was so good. Pasta plus taco stuff = double goodness.
Thanks for the recipe, Julie!
That looks awesome!
This looks awesome! Thinkin’ about putting it on our menu for next week 🙂
What brand taco seasoning do you use? I’m always on the lookout for a healthy one!
farfalle isn’t “derived” from farfalla. Farfalle is the plural form.
Carrie Purchase@ Lift Eat Repeat says
I’ve made a similar one to this before but I used penne pasta and I also had black beans and corn in there as well. Sooo good! We would also dip tortilla chips in it too for an extra crunch!
Bek @ Crave says
This looks yum! I had taco mince last nice too but ate mine salad style with a crushed taco shell- you get so much more vegies when you’re not trying to stuff it all in the shell 😉
Cher @ Weddicted says
This is perfect because my husband loves tacos but “hates the crunchy shells”.. (wtf?) – He loves a good pasta dish, though! I will have to try it out.
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
This is pretty brilliant!
I don’t think I ever knew what that pasta was called…I just called it bowtie pasta. 🙂
Jazmine @ Gracefully Glutenless says
That looks delish! Have to make that with gluten free pasta!
Amazing! Made this with my own taco seasoning and ground turkey instead of beef! Great creation, keep ’em coming 🙂
That looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try that one!
Wow, this is looks like a great and simple dish to make that my boys will love. I also like Pam’s idea of using ground turkey instead of beef.
hey julie! just thought you should know i made this for me & my boyfriend last night..and it was amazing! thank you so much for the easy (and delicious) recipe!
Haley @ Housegirl Haley says
I’m going to have to try some taco pasta! Sounds delish!
Ashley K. Edwards says
Noms! Yum! I just might have to give this one a try sometime.