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Taco Pasta

Kid & Dad 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!"
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Servings - 4 servings


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small hot pepper like serrano or jalapeno
  • 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • veggies side dish


  • 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!