One-Pot Taco Pasta

One pot taco pasta.

5 from 3 reviews

The perfect weeknight dinner, this Easy Taco Pasta takes all the flavor of a classic taco, like seasoned ground meat, beans, salsa and corn and and turns it into a simple one pot meal.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup black beans, drained
  • 1 16 ounce jar salsa (1½ cups)
  • 31/2 cups chicken broth, or more as needed
  • 12 ounce elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Herbs (such as chives or cilantro), for serving (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the turkey and cook until no pink remains.
  3. Add in the salt, pepper, taco seasoning, corn, beans, salsa and broth and bring up to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, add the pasta to the pot and cook for as long as the package instruction states (if package says to cook pasta for 10 minutes, cook for 10 minutes), stirring every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom. If at any point, the liquid evaporates too quickly, you can add more broth or water as needed. It should reduce, but it shouldn’t get so low that it starts to burn.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked through, shut off the heat and stir in the cheese. Stir together, then let the pasta sit for 5 minutes while the sauce continues to thicken up.
  6. Garnish with fresh herbs and additional cheese if desired, and serve!



The pasta can stick to the bottom of the pot after it has begun to boil. Make sure to stir the pot, scraping up any pasta off of the bottom very frequently.

We tested this one pot pasta with a different types of gluten-free pasta and with traditional wheat pasta as well. It all works the same! However, you must use elbow pasta for this, as the amount of broth called for is based off of the type of pasta used. If you use a different shape of pasta, you might need to adjust the broth level.



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