This Tex Mex Taco Pasta reminds me of dishes that I ate while spending many years in the Southwest. Because of the years I spent living close to the border, I grew to love, and even crave, Mexican Food. I am always on the lookout for great recipes that have the perfect blend of spicy and hot!
When I go home to El Paso, I find myself going to all of the little “hole in the wall” restaurants that I knew would serve true Mexican Food. I am not really sure they would serve this dish, but it reminds me enough of “home” that I love it.
This recipe for Tex-Mex Taco Pasta may not be something that would be served in one of the little Mom & Pop restaurants that I go to, but it does have the flavor of the food that they serve.
- 1 lb. ground beef (you could use ground turkey or chicken)
- Taco Seasoning (you can use the packet or create your own - look for my recipe on the blog)
- 1 (15 oz.) can Rotel, or store brand Rotel
- 1 (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz.) can sweet corn, drained
- 1/2 lb. farfalle (bow tie) pasta
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
- In a large pot, bring water to a boil and prepare pasta as directed.
- In a high-rimmed skillet, brown ground beef or medium-high heat and drain off excess grease. Season with taco seasoning (preparing as directed on packet) and simmer for 5 minutes. To the meat mixture, stir in Rotel, black beans, and corn. Turn the heat off and over with a lid.
- Drain pasta and return to pot. Add in the meat mixture and stir. Pour in the cream and toss in the cheese and stir with a wooden spoon until the cheese has completely melted.
- Ladle post into bowls and top with chopped cilantro
I was able to keep this dish at around $5.00 by using hamburger that was on sale and by using a homemade spice mixture. My goal is to always buy protein, no matter what type, that is under $2.50 per pound. I use 1 pound or less for each meal that serves four. To round this dish out, I add a salad or a steamed vegetable. If I don’t have veggies on hand, I can always offer a serving of fresh fruit.
If you are looking for more money saving tips, take a minute to read my Grocery Store Budget Busters article or my Healthy Organic Foods on a Budget article. I think you will enjoy them.
We are all looking for easy and inexpensive meals to make for our family. Of course, the most important thing is that they love the way the meal tastes.
There is something special about seeing your family smile when they try a new dish, isn’t there?
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