Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

Creamy, cheesy pasta bursting with taco flavors and made in just one skillet. Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet is the best weeknight dinner because everything cooks in one pot, even the pasta.  Loaded with taco flavors, this is a healthy and fun way to surprise your family on Taco Tuesday!

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Who’s doing the happy dance because the kids are back in school?  Our area hasn’t shipped out the big yellow buses yet but I’ve seen several of my southern friends posting their kids first day of school pics all week.  Happy faces and brand spanking new backpacks are the theme…I’d like to see the pics in a few weeks when the kids are tired and weary, trying to get back into the swing of things.  You can’t plan for that stuff…there’s no process to get your body ready for school mode when you’ve been in beach, lake, lazy summer day mode for months.

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But you can plan you meals…and that’s what I’m here to help you with today.  Let’s build up our arsenal with easy to make dinners that will help keep all the moms and dads across the land sane when the kids get home with their back packs full of papers…forms and permission slips that will take us hours to fill out, you know…the same forms that you filled out last year.  And the year before that.  Parent homework on the first day of school really blows.  Can’t they give us a week to get acclimated to our new jam-packed schedule?

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Last week, I shared this easy to make (and virtually mess-free!) Grilled Chicken Fajita recipe that whips up in no time.  We’re keeping with the mexican theme this week and adding a little twist to the usual tacos with this Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet. Anolon so graciously sent me this 5-quart Covered Saute Pan from their Tri-Ply Clad collection and it’s the perfect vessel for one-pot cooking. The cookware’s durable three-ply construction features an aluminum core between layers of stainless steel for excellent, efficient heat distribution all the way up the sides of the pan. This pan is suitable for use on all stovetops, including induction, and the polished, sophisticated stainless steel exterior is easy to clean.  Repeat after me…one-pot cooking…easy to clean.  You need this pan.

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Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet is a hit with my family, they seriously couldn’t get enough and it makes a ton.  Great for packing for lunch the next day or saving for leftover night.  It’s filled with ground turkey, tomatoes, pasta and lots of melty cheese.  I used a taco seasoning packet in this recipe just to speed things up a bit and it took the flavor right to taco town.  If you want a little crunch for a true taco experience just top with some crushed up corn chips.

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The cooking method is strikingly similar to my Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet and Artichoke Asparagus and Sausage Skillet.  All ready in less than 30 minutes and with just one pan to clean!

Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, tacos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 289 kcal

craving tacos and pasta? whip up this cheesy taco pasta skillet for family dinner!!!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 vidalia onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes I used Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives drained
  • 1 4.5 ounce can chopped green chills
  • 1 1 ounce packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup pasta
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded mexican blend cheese or sharp cheddar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat and add the ground turkey. Cook until the turkey is no longer pink breaking it up into smaller pieces during the cooking process. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the turkey to a bowl and drain off all but two tablespoons of fat. Return the pan to the heat and add the onion. Cook the onion until translucent and stir in the garlic. Cook for one minute. Add the tomato paste and cook until it becomes a deep burgundy color. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, chills, taco seasoning, pasta and chicken stock. Return the turkey to the pan and cook until the pasta is al dente, approximately 8-10 minutes. (Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.) Once the pasta is cooked, turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Top with the chopped cilantro and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1258mg55%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1020IU20%
Vitamin C 13.9mg17%
Calcium 202mg20%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Disclaimer:  Anolon and I partnered together to create this post, however, all opinions and statements are my own…as always!


16 comments on “Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet”

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  2. I love the Tex-Mex flavors you’ve put into this pasta dish! Sounds wonderful!

  3. I don’t even have kids and I love back to school time. It means fall is almost here! OH and my husband would gobble this up!

  4. Great recipe! I’m a huge fan of Anolon pots

  5. What an awesome looking pasta dish! LOVE how packed full of flavor it is and that taco seasoning addition is perfection!

  6. This pasta dinner is so perfect! My son would love it!

  7. That second picture! Yum. I need to start making more one pot meals like this. I hate dishes so I figure they’re especially meant for people like me. 😉

  8. I love Mexican food and I love only dirtying one pot/pan for easy clean up. Therefore, I need to make this 🙂

  9. Oh – wagon wheels are just the perfect pasta shape for this dish. I am definitely adding it to the menu, the kids will love it. And yeah, happy dancing all day long over here…. 😉

  10. Easy dinners is exactly what I do on school nights! Our kids started Monday! This would be a family favorite for sure!

  11. One pot meals rock, especially when school, sports and the craziness gets going. Gorgeous shots!

  12. Ugh! Parent homework is the worst, but you are right–there just isn’t an easy way to prepare for the newly jam-packed schedule that the school year brings. An easy meal like this one would sure ease the transition.

  13. My kids went back to school yesterday, and as much as I miss their chatter and company, I have to admit it’s nice to get back into a routine again. This pasta skillet dish would be perfect for nights when we’re running from one activity to another!

  14. alllll of my favorite things in one dish? You are kidding me! I love this! This is something my mom would make now that she’s retired. She’ll call me to make sure it’s something I’ll like and then proceed to eat the entire pan!

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