Taco Pasta was a huge hit in our house the first time I made it. I try to stay away from the packaged taco mixes due to the additives/sodium and plus husband can no longer can tolerate anything made with a store-bought taco mix (makes him feel sick). Frustrating for him since he loves tacos BUT a challenge for me to find the flavour equivalent minus the bad stuff.
In our quest to find a similar home made variation of taco seasoning…we tried this one. And it was super delicious. So into the keeper file it went. If you prefer the store bought version go for it since this is about what is quick & easy for all of us.
Use whatever fixin’s you enjoy on your tacos. I tend to put out a selection of toppings family style on the table allowing everyone to add their own. No 2 plates ever look the same at our table. My daughter likes sour cream on her tacos and sure enough she likes it on her Taco Pasta as well. Whatever floats your boat!
- 1 lb penne (whole grain or smart)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1½ lb lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp coriander
- 2 tsp cumin
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1.5 cup beef stock or beer
- splash of Worcestershire sauce
- salt & pepper
- Cook your pasta. Drain, reserving ¾ cup of the pasta water.
- In a pan over medium high heat start cooking your onion until slightly softened. Add your minced garlic, let cook for a minute (do not brown)...then add your beef cooking until browned. Add in your chili powder, coriander, cumin and salt & pepper. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Then add in your stock & Worcestershire sauce.
- Simmer for a few minutes and pour into a serving dish with your cooked penne. Add a little of the reserved pasta water, mixing well.
- At this point you can either sprinkle on top your Toppers and serve family style OR let each family member help themselves and assemble their own Taco Pasta.
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Jalapeno peppers, peppers
Ensure you cook your ground beef until it is brown to get some good colour and/or browning on the beef which in the end gives it more flavour.