One pot taco pasta is a healthy and easy dinner recipe! Made with pasta, ground beef, tomatoes, black beans and brown rice pasta, this dinner is a simple and healthy meal for the family. It just so happens to be gluten free and dairy free too!
This post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
Happy Taco Tuesday! If you’re a regular around here, you know I’m OBSESSED with tacos. I mean, if you just read my Instagram bio you know that.
To me, tacos are not reserved for Tuesdays, but for every day of the week. If it were up to me I could eat them every day. And in fact, I have eaten them every day for a week before. They just don’t get old!
Not only do I love tacos, but I love all taco flavored meals. Especially ones like this one pot taco pasta that just so happens to be naturally gluten free and dairy free as well.
How is this one pot taco pasta healthy, dairy free and gluten free?
This one pot taco pasta is dairy free and gluten free because I used brown rice pasta instead of wheat pasta and I opted out of added any cheese to the recipe because it’s rich and creamy on its own (especially if you add avocado!)
However, if you aren’t avoiding either of those things then go ahead and use your fave pasta and added a little Mexican cheese on top. It’s delicious both ways!
Adding lean beef to your diet and your heart will thank you! Research shows that enjoying lean beef as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. Not to mention, a 3-oz serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein (!!) and 10 essential nutrients. So basically, we’re making taco tuesday nutritious and delicious.
Are you new to making one pot meals? When I first started making one pot meals I had no idea how you could make the ground beef, pasta and the sauce all in one pot together. These easy steps show you just how to do it!
3 easy steps for one pot taco pasta:
- Start by browning the beef. This is the base of your recipe and will give you all the protein you need in this meal. I like to buy my beef local if I can. I love to use this beef directory to go straight from the source to get our beef. Ohio beef farmers have a passion for the land, the livestock and farming as a family. Watch this short video to learn how the Clarks and the Hollowells, beef farmers from Covington, Ohio, work hard every day feed our families now, and future generations.
- Remove the beef and make the pasta noodles in the sauce. This is great because you don’t have to drain the noodles! Which mean the noodles absorb all the delicious flavors from the sauce.
- Mix it all together with your add-ins and toppings before serving.
You can customize all your add-ins and topping if you want, but I’ve included my favorites and recommendations for a delicious and healthy taco pasta.
Toppings for taco pasta:
- Lime juice
If you are dairy free (or trying to avoid it!) you won’t miss it in this recipe at all. This one pot taco pasta is rich and hearty and HEALTHY. This recipe also makes a huge batch so you’ll have enough for the family (or crowd) and will likely have some leftover too.
How to Freeze Leftover One Pot Taco Pasta:
Once cooled, place individual pieces in an air tight container for up to 3 months. To reheat, preheat oven to 375 and bake the frozen pasta for one hour. You could even make a double batch of this to prep for the month!
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- 12 ounces Rotini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1-1 ounce package taco seasoning
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup mild salsa
- 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 cup canned corn
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes diced
- 1 avocado
- ⅓ cup cilantro
- lime juice
Heat a large pot or dutch oven with olive oil over high heat. When hot, add the onion, garlic and beef to brown it, breaking up the meet for about 3 minutes until completely browned. Add the packet of taco seasoning and ½ cup water and stir well. Add the rest of the water, mild salsa and rotini and stir. Place the lid on and cook , about 15 minutes.
Once the pasta is cooked to al dente, Add the black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes and avocado. Squeeze lime juice on top and top with cilantro if desired.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.