A taco pasta recipe in a skillet.

30-minute Taco Pasta Recipe

This 30-minute Taco Pasta Recipe makes the perfect weeknight dinner! If you are a busy mom looking for a simple, quick, and healthy recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes, this taco pasta recipe is for you.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner ideas for tonight, easy dinner recipes for family, quick dinner ideas, quick pasta dinner, taco pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 721kcal
Author Jessica Burgess


  • 8 ounces pasta rotini or other short pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 onion medium, chopped
  • 1/2 pepper diced
  • 1 tomato fresh, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 pound ground meat lean beef or veal
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 1 cups french dressing homemade or storebought
  • 15 ounces black beans canned
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • cilantro optional, for topping


  • In a large pot, heat water over high heat and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the chopped onion and stir frequently for about 5 minutes until softened. 
  • Next, add the diced pepper and chopped tomato and stir frequently for about 2 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Add the minced meat. Cook stirring to combine and until no longer pink. This should take approximately 5 minutes.
  • Next, add the taco seasonings and 1 cup of the pasta water and simmer vigorously, uncovered, for 2-4 minutes.
  • When the pasta is ready, drain the water and add the pasta to the skillet. Do not rinse the pasta. Combine thoroughly together.
  • Add the French dressing and the black beans and combine together. Cook for just a few minutes until heated through.
  • And finally, add the grated cheese and stir together until melted.
  • Serve immediately. If desired, top with chopped cilantro or parsley. 


Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 721kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 4mg