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Taco Pasta Casserole (5 Ingredients)

Taco Pasta Casserole (5 Ingredients)


2 lbs ground meat beef, chicken and/or turkey *See post for other ideas
16 oz pasta shells
15.5 oz salsa
½ cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
2 (1oz) packets taco seasoning (1/4 cup if using bulk taco seasoning)
1 ½ cups water or milk
Optional: Add 1/2 cup cream cheese, sour cream, or half and half for creamier sauce


Cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside. To make this using just one pot, use a dutch oven!
Using your dutch oven or a cast iron skillet, brown meat. When done, drain any fat.
Add your cooked pasta to the drained meat. (If you don’t have a dutch oven or cast iron skillet, you can move everything to a casserole dish.) Then layer with meat.
Next sprinkle the seasoning packet over the meat then pour water over top. Next add salsa.
Give everything a stir to mix ingredients together then top with shredded cheese.
Bake in the oven at 400˚ for about 18-22 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
Serve with any taco-style toppings you’d like. See above post for ideas!