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Simple Beefy Taco Pasta

This 30 minute Simple Beefy Taco Pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner! Kid approved, affordable and easy to substitute ingredients for picky eaters. So good with ground turkey or ground chicken too!

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I'm always trying and creating fast dinner recipes at our house that are both toddler and teenager approved. When you have an almost 2 year old and 15 year old, life gets busy, so a quick dinner is always needed.

Today's recipe is fast to make and so easy to whip up with fridge, freezer and pantry staples. We usually have all of the pasta ingredients in the house, and just switch up the toppings depending on what we have at home that day.

It's tasty, the leftovers re-heat well and it's kid approved! We love using ground turkey instead of ground beef and sometimes use macaroni noodles instead of cavatappi.

This recipe is super easy to make your own, by adding your favorite taco ingredients. 

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What are the ingredients in this recipe?

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

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More 30 minute ground beef dinner recipes you may like:

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • macaroni, shell or any smaller pasta instead of cavatappi
  • use a 1.0 ounce taco seasoning packet
  • ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef
  • pinto or red beans instead of black beans
  • add chopped fresh cilantro
  • onion powder instead of fresh onion
  • add minced fresh garlic or garlic powder
  • pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar for topping


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Supplies you may need:

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family did!


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Yield 6 servings
Author Sweet Hazel Honey
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
20 Min
Total time
30 Min

Simple Beefy Taco Pasta


  • 1 - 16 ounce box cavatappi pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 - 1.25 ounce packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 - 14 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 - 14 ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, for topping
  • 1 avocado, diced for topping
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved for topping


  1. Boil pasta in salted water as directed on box and strain.
  2. Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef, increase heat to medium high and cook until beef is no longer pink.
  4. Drain any excess grease, reduce heat to medium, then stir in the taco seasoning, water and salsa. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the black beans and corn, heat through.
  6. Add the pasta and gently stir until combined. Heat through and remove from heat.
  7. Serve topped with cheese, avocado and tomatoes.

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