One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta is the best comfort food: delicious taco flavors in a homemade meat sauce with shell pasta. And it's ready in under 20 minutes for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's so much better than hamburger helper. Plus video tutorial!


  • 3 cups small shell pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef, lean or extra lean
  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, optional
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, optional


  1. Place a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground beef and stir until it is no longer pink. Drain fat from the pan.
  3. Add onions and optional garlic to the beef. Fry for 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce, taco seasoning, water and pasta. 
  5. Loosely cover the pan, reduce heat to medium. 
  6. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the pasta is done, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and optional fresh cilantro. Serve and enjoy!


To make your own taco seasoning, combine these ingredients in a small bowl:
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt

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