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Taco Pasta

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On August 18, 2009 @ 5:15 pm In Beef,Garden,Pasta,Recipes | 18 Comments

This meal is “Dad Approved” and “Kid Approved!”  The Hubs had a taste as he made his way through the kitchen after getting home…and he declared this Taco Pasta as “Dad Approved!”

Taco Pasta

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 1.8 lb. ground beef ($2.14) Divided into 2 meals…$1.07 for this meal!
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste ($.39) Bought last week on sale with coupon
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans ($.83)
  • 2 garlic cloves ($.10)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin ($.10)
  • 1 tsp onion powder ($.05)
  • 1 tsp chili powder ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 hot pepper(from the garden)
  • 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta ($.50) Used half the box from last week’s $1/box deal!
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheese ($.75)
  • 4 corn cobs ($.76) On sale this week $.19 each


  • In large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain and return to skillet.
  • Add tomato paste plus 2 cans worth of water to the ground beef. Stir until paste becomes tomato-y sauce. Add drained and rinsed beans. Add crushed garlic, ground cumin, onion powder, chili powder and salt/pepper. Add finely chopped hot pepper for some extra kick! Stir through and let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups uncooked pasta with 2 cups of water to the meat mixture. Cover and cook over medium high heat for 10-12 minutes, or until pasta has cooked through. Stir a few times while pasta is cooking. (Use rice pasta if gluten free!)
  • Once the pasta has cooked through, top with 1-2 cups shredded cheese and reduce heat to low and cover to let cheese melt. (Omit if dairy free!)
  • Boil corn in large saucepan for 4-5 minutes, or microwave in microwavable dish covered with plastic wrap for 2-2.5 minutes per ear.
  • Serve Taco Pasta with Corn on the Cob!

Cost $4.60

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