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Healthy Taco Pasta Skillet (Quick & Simple)

March 18, 2020 | Author: Ashley McCrary
Taco Pasta in a cast iron skillet

If you are here, you are probably looking for either something you can get on the dinner table in a quick manner without breaking the bank. My brand new Quick Taco Pasta Skillet is here to save families every where. It involves minimal ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry and can be on the dinner table in 20 minutes or less.

Prep for the taco pasta skillet

What you need for this Taco Pasta:

  • Ground Beef or Ground Turkey (I use 90/10 or 93/7)
  • Frozen or Canned Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Wheat Noddles
Taco Pasta in a cast iron skillet

Right now, we are on self quarantine due to the Coronavirus and we are trying to make what we already have in our fridge and pantry work. This meal is so incredibly delicious and makes enough to serve 6. I usually have 1 cup serving and it fills me up completely. So a little of this dish goes a long way. It is sure to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Taco Pasta in a cast iron skillet

Growing up, my mom would always make us Hamburger Helper. When this was on the menu I would jump for joy. So, my goal in creating this recipe is to bring you guys a legit comfort dish that the whole family will love and crave in a healthier way.

Taco Pasta in a cast iron skillet

Toppings for this Pasta:

Feel free to get creative and add whatever toppings you want. Below are all the ones I suggest.

  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • Taco Seasoned Shredded Cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped red onions
  • Green Onions

You can even add these additions below to spice your pasta up even more:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Jalapenos
  • Sliced Avocados
  • Crushed Plantain Chips
  • Fresh Salsa
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Taco Pasta Skillet

This Taco Pasta recipe is the perfect family meal that can be on the table in 20 minutes for less. This dish involves minimal ingredients with minimal clean up. Additionally, it is great for meal prep for easy meals throughout the week.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



Taco Skillet Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups wheat pasta
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • ¾ cup corn (frozen or canned)
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans
  • ½ cup shredded cheese of choice*
  • 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Diced red onions, green onions and tomatoes for garnish. 

Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


Taco Skillet Instructions:

  1. Fill a medium size sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, add a tsp of salt and your pasta. Boil until al dente, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large cast iron or non-stick skillet, heat 1 tsbp of olive oil along with the beef and brown. Around 5-6 minutes. 
  3. Stir in the seasoning and add in the tomato sauce and bring to a slight simmer for a minute or so. 
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and transfer to the cooked beef in the large skillet. 
  5. Additionally, add the corn and black beans to the pasta and beef and mix it together with a spoon until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Sprinkles cheese over the top of the pasta and garnish with diced tomatoes, diced red onions, green onions.
  7. I also add a tbsp of Greek yogurt to the top of each serving. 
  8. Enjoy!


  • For the shredded cheese, I used the finely shredded 3 cheese mix. 
  • If you have leftovers, add to an air tight container and store for up to one week in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer. 
  • Nutritional facts are calculated without the Greek Yogurt
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner/Quick Meals
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 384
  • Sugar: 5.1
  • Sodium: 272
  • Fat: 8.5
  • Carbohydrates: 50
  • Fiber: 8.5
  • Protein: 30
  • Cholesterol: 57

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99 thoughts on "Healthy Taco Pasta Skillet (Quick & Simple)"

  1. Abby says:

    Delicious! Perfect easy meal using things from the pantry. Keeping this in rotation for sure!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love when my recipe make the rotation. Thanks so much Abby for letting me know

  2. Brittany says:

    Love this! Just the kind of recipe we need during a quarantine and little choices at the grocery store, thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      SO welcome Brittany

  3. Anna says:

    Looks soo good and easy!! Can’t wait to make this!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  4. Kim says:

    This looks amazing, and so easy! Heading to my next travel assignment as a respiratory therapist. With being on the road and not able to “stock” up on food at the moment I’m sure these ingredients will be available once I get to my destination. Good for left overs as we all continue social distancing. Thank you 😊

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Kim……..

  5. Bailey says:

    So good, so easy, had everything on hand and the kids loved it!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Perfect……so glad to hear this Bailey

  6. Katelyn says:

    Such a delicious recipe! My husband and I cooked this for dinner tonight and it was so easy especially since it’s made from staple ingredients that I already had on hand!

  7. Brianna says:

    Such an easy and delicious recipe! My kids helped make this simple meal and asked for another helping. We will be making this again!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This is so good to hear Brianna. Thank you for letting me know.

  8. Kaitlyn says:

    My husband took a bite and said “This is FIRE!!” Thanks for a quick, easy, and tasty recipe!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      YAY!!! This makes me so so happy. Glad you guys loved it.

      1. Leigh-anne says:

        I need to make something for my boyfriend asap (hes a pilot on his way home from work) and this looks like it could be the winner. Can I use pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce? Its all I have!

  9. Diana says:

    I made this last night when I had family over and they all had seconds! This is so quick/easy to make and so good! Def a new fav for a long day dinner option!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love that this recipe was quick and easy Diana. THanks for letting me know.

  10. Misty Lyngaas says:

    Looks delicious, can’t wait to try.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  11. Sam says:

    Thai looks so good!

  12. Darla says:

    I made this last week, it was great! Leftovers the following day were even better. Flavors had really set in making for a yummy dish.
    Thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yay…….thrilled to hear the Taco Pasta was a hit. Thanks for letting me know.

  13. michelle says:

    thank you for actually creating a taco seasoning that tastes good ! i have tried so many but yours is the first i didn’t need to tweek! soo good! i used ground chicken because that was what was left in the freezer!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love this……..thanks for sharing Michelle

  14. Tami says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  15. Emily says:

    Putting this on our meal plan now! Our whole family will enjoy this so much!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  16. Rebecca says:

    This was super easy to make and so yummy! And my husband loved it as well! Will definitely be making this again

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thanks Rebecca… when I help the wives please the loves of their lives. Have a blessed weekend

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  17. Clarissa says:

    This recipe is so easy and yummy!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Clarissa

  18. Kim says:

    Delicious and easy. Even better that these ingredients are inexpensive and in my pantry. The whole family loves it. Thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      You’re so welcome Kim. Thank you for the kind words of support.

  19. Mary Kate says:

    This looks so good! Pantry staples too! Will make tonight.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  20. Kathy says:

    I am so excited to find this recipe again! We are trying to cook wIth what we already have in the house and I have every ingredient here. Thank you!! I just love your recipes!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Awwww thanks so much Kathy for your kind words and support. Have a blessed weekend

  21. Ashley says:

    Easy and delicious!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Ashley!

  22. Emily says:

    So so good!! Super easy and I am so thankful to find a recipe that my husband loves. This is definitely a repeat meal. I ended up added diced green chilies and fire roasted tomatoes just to bulk it up some more for leftovers.

  23. Jillayna says:


    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Jillayna!!

  24. Sarah says:


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  25. Sammie says:

    I made a modified version of this and the hubs loves it. Called it one of my top recent meals.

  26. Rochelle says:

    My whole family loved this. Will definitely make it again.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      YAY……looks like the Taco Pasta made your family favorite lists!!!!!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know Rochelle! Have a blessed weekend

  27. Sarah says:

    Very good and such an easy recipe to make.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thanks Sarah!!!!

  28. Karrie Maurice says:

    Delish recipe and so simple to make! Definitely a family hit🤩

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Hi Karrie……..Love the recipe was a family hit. Thank you for letting me know

  29. Sarah says:

    I’ve been following you for years, I love your recipes and simple meal ideas are the best for busy people like myself! Thank you!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Awww…..Thanks for all your support Sarah. Have a blessed weekend!

  30. Lauren A says:

    Made this the other day and it was so good! I didn’t have canned corned or black beans but did have the black bean corn salsa from sams and used Bonza chickpea noodles. So good! Can’t wait to make it again!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Love that you loved Lauren. Thanks so much for the kind comments.

  31. Angela says:

    This recipe was so good and easy! I subbed chick pea pasta and it worked great.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thanks Angela

  32. Demelza Phillips says:

    This recipe saved me lastnight! Simple, delicious, and everyone loved! Thank you for always putting so much care and thought into everything you do!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Awwww Thank you Demelza…’re confidence in me thrills me. Love that the recipes make life in the kitchen simple and tasty. Have a blessed weekend!

  33. HEIdi says:

    I can’t wait to try it! Looks so good!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  34. Nicole says:

    She can do no wrong! Another amazing recipe!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      That’s so nice of your Nicole. Thrilled the recipe was a hit!! Have a blessed weekend!

  35. Marisa says:

    A new simple and tasty recipe that I have added in my rotation! Kids loved it and said it tasted like tacos. Delicious!!!!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Oh how fun Marisa…….It’s a home run when we make our babies happy. Thank you for the kind comment. Have a blessed weekend.

  36. Jenn Torres says:

    This was one of our favorite recipes of many that I made of your’s the last couple of weeks!! I loved the e-book and having so many recipes that used simple staple items.
    Thank you, thank you for helping this momma out😘

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      You’re so kind Jenn. Thrilled to know the recipes are ones that make your kitchen time just a little more simple but so tasty. Thank you for the kind words.

  37. Stacey says:

    Looks delicious. Will definitely be making this next week!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thanks so much for your support Stacey……..ENJOY:-)

  38. Emily says:

    This looks SO yum and easy! Can’t wait to try it!!!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Great………hope it becomes a favorite:-)

  39. Becky says:

    This looks wonderful! Going to try it tomorrow.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:


  40. Lara Rouse says:

    I am excited to try this with zoodles! I will report back!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Can’t wait to hear back from you!!!:-)

  41. Claire says:

    Looks delicious. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you so much.

  42. Samantha says:

    I made this and it’s delicious! My kids loved it! So simple too! Definitely will be going in our rotation of meals!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yay! This is great news.

  43. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for creating these simple recipes that are also healthy and good for a family. As a working mom these are saving me! Keep them coming! I am a fan for life! Blessings!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      You are so welcome. I really love creating.

  44. Amy says:

    I’m doing the pantry purge and, yep!, I have all those ingredients! Can’t wait to try it!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Hope you love it

  45. Andrea says:

    Omg I’m so excited to mAke this. It looks delish. Your the best. Always love watching and seeing your recipes.

  46. Amandyla says:

    Made this last week, it was a big hit with the whole family! Kids had cheese, and I had it without, super yummy! Thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy to hear. Thank you

  47. Amanda says:

    Have you ever made this as a one pot pasta? I’ve been trying to use that method to save washing an extra pot. 🤪

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      I have not done that yet.

  48. Emmy says:

    Made this tonight (Doubled) leaving cheese out to be dairy free- it was super yummy! I topped with avocado slices- big hit for our family, thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Yay! So happy to hear 😉

  49. Kristen says:

    So delicious and easy, great recipe!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you!

  50. Darra Brown says:

    This recipe was so easy and delicious! My family loved it! This will definitely be on a permanent dinner rotation in our home. Thank you!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      This is great to hear! Thank you!

  51. Ashlan says:

    So good!! Super easy and full of flavor. The whole family enjoyed and we will be making this again and again.


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