Taco Pasta with Fresh Jalapeno Salsa

A spicy and creamy taco pasta with seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, fresh salsa, and jalapeños.

This taco pasta with fresh jalapeno salsa combines seasoned ground beef with tender pasta shells, infused with homemade taco seasoning for a flavorful base. Topped with melted cheddar cheese, fresh salsa, and sliced jalapeños, each bite offers a delicious mix of spicy and creamy textures. Garnished with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream, this dish is a satisfying and vibrant meal.

Servings

2-4

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup small shells pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced jalapeños

Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional for heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Fresh Salsa:

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Fresh Salsa: In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture and add salt to taste. Stir to combine and set aside.

Cook the Pasta: Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Cook the Onion and Garlic: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Add the Ground Beef: Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until the beef is browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.

Season the Beef: Add the homemade taco seasoning to the beef and stir to coat evenly. Cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Add Liquids and Simmer: Pour in the beef broth and 1 cup of the fresh salsa. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Combine Pasta and Cheese: Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the pasta. Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve: Divide the taco pasta between two plates. Garnish with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and sliced jalapeños if desired.

 In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture and add salt to taste. Stir to combine and set aside.

Measure and prepare the remaining ingredients.

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until the beef is browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.

Add the homemade taco seasoning to the beef and stir to coat evenly. Cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Pour in the beef broth and 1 cup of the fresh salsa. Stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir to combine.

Reduce the heat to low and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the pasta. Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the taco pasta between two plates. Garnish with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and sliced jalapeños if desired.