Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese

Looking for a simple and delicious pasta recipe the whole family will love? My Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese is easy and delicious! This creamy taco pasta skillet recipe is made with beef, cheese, pasta shells, and taco seasoning and takes just 20 minutes to make.

Looking for a simple and delicious pasta recipe the whole family will love? My Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese is easy and delicious! This creamy taco pasta skillet recipe is made with beef, cheese, pasta shells, and taco seasoning and takes just 20 minutes to make. #cheesypasta #tacopasta #easydinner

Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese

As a busy mom, I love making meals during the week that are delicious, flavorful, and most of all EASY to make.

This Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese is easily one of our family’s favorite and most requested pasta dishes, and is sure to fulfill your taco cravings!

This cheesy taco pasta recipe combines the wholesomeness of pasta with all the delicious flavors of cheesy, beef tacos and will be enjoyed by even the pickiest eaters out there.

This creamy taco pasta is made with light cream cheese and makes for a healthy balanced meal when paired with a fresh salad and corn.

Even better, you can have this creamy, cheesy taco pasta on your table in just 20 minutes, making it the perfect pasta recipe for busy weeknights.

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Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

Cheesy Taco Pasta is always frequently requested in our household of taco and pasta lovers.

I love it because it’s delicious, but also because it can be made in just 20 minutes time and with just 6 ingredients!

 

What is Cheesy Taco Pasta?

Cheesy Taco Pasta is made with cooked pasta shells and a creamy, cheesy taco sauce.

It’s a delicious and simple dinner choice for Taco Tuesday or any time you’re craving Mexican flavors.

 

What ingredients are in Cheesy Taco Pasta?

  • Pasta Shells– I typically use small or medium shells, but see other options above
  • Lean Ground Beef – I recommend using 80/20 or above and typically use 85/15
  • Taco Seasoning – You’ll need one packet of your favorite seasoning or feel free to make your own homemade taco seasoning.
  • Shredded Cheese – I recommend using Cheddar, Monterey jack, or Mexican blend
  • Cream Cheese – This key ingredient makes this taco pasta so creamy and delicious! I use 1/3 fat to keep it lighter, but you can use full-fat, if desired.
  • Water

 

Cheesy Taco Pasta Substitutes

This cheesy taco pasta is great because you can easily swap out ingredients to change up the flavors.

Below I’ve included some yummy substitutes and add-ins that will spice up the flavor in this taco pasta even more.

 

Meat Substitutes

Don’t have any ground beef? Try these delicious options instead:

 

Pasta Substitutes

 

Delicious Taco Pasta Add-In Ideas

Want to amp up the flavor and nutrition in this cheesy taco pasta? Try adding in these:

Topping Ideas

Our family loves topping our cheesy taco pasta with these delicious toppings:

 

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How to Make Creamy Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet (Step by Step Instructions)

This delicious, cheesy taco pasta couldn’t be any easier to make and it’s so perfect for busy weeknights when you’re short on time!

Below I’ve included a list of all the ingredients and kitchen tools you’ll need to make it!

 

Taco Pasta Ingredients:

  • Pasta Shells– I typically use small or medium shells, but see other options above
  • Lean Ground Beef – I recommend using 80/20 or above and typically use 85/15
  • Taco Seasoning – You’ll need one packet of your favorite seasoning or feel free to make your own homemade taco seasoning.
  • Shredded Cheese – I recommend using Cheddar, Monterey jack, or Mexican blend
  • Cream Cheese – This key ingredient makes this taco pasta so creamy and delicious! I use 1/3 fat to keep it lighter, but you can use full-fat, if desired.
  • Water

Recommended Kitchen Tools:

 

Step 1: Boil Your Pasta + Cook Your Hamburger Meat

First, begin boiling water for your pasta shells and brown your ground beef or ground turkey in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain well.

Next, add your meat back into the pan and add in taco seasoning and water.

Stir well and let simmer on medium heat until liquid has reduced. (About 5 minutes total)

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Step 2: Add Your Cream Cheese

Cut ½ block of softened cream cheese into small squares and add into the ground beef taco mixture.

Increase heat to medium/high and begin stirring in the cream cheese until evenly incorporated and the sauce is nice and creamy.

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Step 3: Cook Noodles, Mix, and Add Cheese

Remove ground beef and cheese mixture from heat and set aside.

Cook your pasta shells until al dente and drain. Add noodles to beef and cream cheese taco mixture and mix well.

Immediately stir in 1 cup of shredded cheese and mix until evenly combined.

Pour into an oven-safe baking dish and top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

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Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe FAQ’s and Tips

What’s the best pasta shell for taco pasta?

I prefer using shell noodles (small or medium), since it soaks up all the beef/cheese sauce, but you can also use macaroni noodles, rotini noodles, or any corkscrew type noodle.

Have spaghetti noodles? Try my One Pot Taco Spaghetti for a delicious variation.

 

What type of cream cheese is best for taco pasta with cream cheese?

I personally like using 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese for a nice in-between balance of creaminess, but you can use fat-free or full-fat cream cheese if you prefer.

 

Can I use homemade taco seasoning instead of store-bought seasoning?

Yes! You can use any taco seasoning you like including homemade.

If you use a homemade taco seasoning you will need 2 tablespoons to equal 1 packet.

 

Can I use leftover taco meat for cheesy taco pasta?

Yes! Leftover taco meat is great for this pasta and makes it even quicker to prepare!

For more easy ideas, check out 36 Leftover Taco Meat Recipes.

 

Can I freeze cheesy taco pasta?

Yes, this pasta does freeze up nicely. See my freezer instructions below.

 

How to Store Leftover Cheesy Taco Pasta

Refrigerator – Cool completely and store any leftover cheesy taco pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, place individual servings in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds or until warm.

 

Freezer – Store in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.

Once ready to eat, thaw in the fridge and re-heat individual servings in microwave for 30 second intervals or until warm.

 

Cheesy Taco Pasta Video Tutorial & Recipe

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Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese

My Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese is easy and delicious! This creamy taco pasta skillet recipe is made with beef, cheese, pasta shells, and taco seasoning and takes just 20 minutes to make. 

  • Author: Cara Owens
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course, Dinner, Lunch
  • Method: Skillet, Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Begin boiling pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Brown ground beef in pan until fully cooked; Drain; Place beef back into pan and add taco seasoning and water. Stir well and let simmer on medium heat until liquid has reduced. (About 5 Minutes)
  3. Cut ½ block of cream cheese into small squares and add into ground beef taco mixture. Begin stirring in cream cheese and increase heat to medium/high until all cheese has been incorporated and sauce is creamy.
  4. Remove ground beef from heat; Drain pasta; Add pasta to ground beef and cream cheese mixture and stir until combined. Stir in 1 cup of cheese and mix until combined.
  5. Top taco pasta with remaining ½ cup of cheese and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is perfectly melted.
  6. If desired, top your cheesy taco pasta with fresh herbs, salsa, and sour cream for added flavor, and pair with a salad for a delicious weeknight meal.

Watch the step-by-step YouTube video tutorial here!

Notes

How to Store Leftover Cheesy Taco Pasta

Refrigerator – Cool completely and store any leftover cheesy taco pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, place individual servings in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds or until warm.

Freezer – Store in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.

Once ready to eat, thaw in the fridge and re-heat individual servings in microwave for 30 second intervals or until warm.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese Recipe and I hope you’ll give this taco pasta a try this week!

Would your family love this creamy taco pasta recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thanks for stopping by!- Cara

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Looking for a simple and delicious pasta recipe the whole family will love? My Cheesy Taco Pasta with Cream Cheese is easy and delicious! This creamy taco pasta skillet recipe is made with beef, cheese, pasta shells, and taco seasoning and takes just 20 minutes to make. #cheesypasta #tacopasta #easydinner

127 Comments

      1. This recipe was good. I made a homemade taco seasoning with it. I think next time instead of pasta, I’m going to try it with corn chips.

        1. Glad you enjoyed it! I use it with homemade taco seasoning all the time now too. And that sounds yummy with corn chips!

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  6. This is a great recipe. I love that you can make it in 20 minutes and that it is kid-friendly and budget-friendly. Thank you for allowing me to use this in my round up.

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    1. Whoops I just now realized it’s supposed to be 1/2 of a 16 ounce box of pasta (8 ounces). Sorry about that!

      1. That’s what I thought haha! I was like FOUR OZ.!? Lol
        Well thank you so much! Can’t wait to make it!

  9. Oh wow! This looks delicious and sounds like the perfect meal for my husband and I. We both love Mexican, but he really loves Italian too. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for linking up with us in the #BestoftheBlogosphere Link-Up! Hope to see you again tomorrow 🙂

  10. Oh! This looks like the perfect quick weeknight dinner! Pinned for later- can’t wait to try it! 🙂 thank you!

  11. Saw this on the Wonderful Wednesdays linky, it looks absolutely gorgeous! It’s my first time joining the linky so it’s awesome to see such amazing recipes up there!

  12. This looks amazingly delicious and I am such a sucker for quick, easy meals! Definitely going to try this out! Hope you’re having a great week so far! XO -Kim

  13. Yum. Yum. Yum. I love this! Any Mexican food is totally up my alley. Thank you for sharing! I’m happy to have found your blog!

  14. Looks easy and yummy! I’ve never had anything mixing taco and noodle, but I like both so I bet I’d like this!

  15. That looks so delicious! My entire family would go crazy for it and I love that it is easy to make on a busy week night.

    1. Thank-you! I love finding and sharing quick and easy recipes because I know we all have busy lives and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen (or at least I don’t-haha)

  16. I love simple and delicious looking meals like this – I pinned it for later… I can never ever say no to pasta! 🙂 🙂

  17. Great for a weeknight! I love taco pasta. I also love mexican stuffed shells, similar to this but with salsa. I should make one or the other soon.

    1. Thanks! Mexican stuffed shells are one of my favorites too, but it’s a bit more time consuming so I try to make it on the weekends, but definitely just as delicious!

  18. This looks delicious!!! I have seen so many taco pasta recipes floating around but have never jumped on ones. Yours looks super yummy and I love shells! they are one of my favorite noodles. I may have to give this a go!

    1. Thanks and you should! I’ve tried a couple out there that don’t have a lot of flavor to them, but this one is delicious! I especially like adding fresh parsley and salsa to mine for a little kick. 🙂

  19. Gaaaaah so yum!! I have made something similar to this before and my husband LOVED it. Must try your recipe!

    1. Me too! You could definitely omit the meat or substitute black beans and I’m sure it would still taste wonderful 🙂

  20. This would definitely make my husband happy! It perfectly easy and crowd-pleasing. Thanks for sharing!

  21. YUMMY!! Looks so good, hearty and easy! Definitely going in the meal rotation! Have a wonderful day gorgeous!!

  22. I love all things PASTA! I can’t get enough of the stuff. it’s amazing really, that I don’t weigh 900 lbs! What an easy and fun looking dish!

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