Cheesy Chicken Taco Pasta

This cheesy taco pasta gets a kick from the jalapenos, but it’s tempered with the sweet crunch of corn. We love one pot chicken recipes and the flavors in this one are phenomenal! This spicy chicken pasta recipe is loaded with jalapenos, corn, and cheese! Such an easy one dish dinner.

Okay, guys, I have some news.

My son. My precious baby. The sweet little angel that I brought home from the hospital, like, a week ago, is suddenly almost an adult.

He’s 17 and 9 months old. He doesn’t count the months at this stage of the game, but I’m his mama, so I do.

Anyway, he’s basically a grown man, which is totally unreasonable, but to make matters worse, he thinks he’s a tough guy.

One dish chicken dinner! This spicy pasta is loaded with jalapeno and sweet corn.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. He’s as sweet as he can possibly be. Always holding doors and lifting heavy things for me.

But, he gets all cocky when it comes to spicy food. He likes to out-spice me and I’m sorry, but I’m your mother and you will not make me feel like a wimp.

Except he totally makes me feel like a wimp. The kid likes his hot sauce and peppers.

Which, whatever, I do too. But maybe not quite as much as him. I love him though, so I like to keep him happy at dinner.

I set out to make a spicy cheesy taco pasta for our dinner the other night.

Loaded this one dish chicken recipe up with lots of pasta, cheese, and fresh veggies.

Y’all. This one is good stuff.

I’m working with Roth to bring you this recipe and I’m featuring their GranQueso cheese in it. Have you heard of/tried the GranQueso yet? It’s got this gorgeous reddish-orange rind which comes from the  cinnamon and paprika they rub on it. It’s been an American Cheese Society winner 7 years in a row.

This cheese is perfect over some pasta, but it works well on a cheeseboard too. The sweet, buttery taste is a little unexpected and a lot amazing.

This 30 minute chicken dinner is such a great recipe for busy weeknights.

If you need some new skillet chicken recipes, this is a one dish dinner that I think you’ll really love.

If you’re feeding this to people who aren’t big fans of the spice, go ahead and swap in a bell pepper for the jalapeno. Add a little hot sauce to your portion and you’re good to go.

This dish is ready in just about 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights and all that pasta and chicken is super filling and comforting.

Spicy Chicken Taco Pasta!! Perfect for a busy weeknight.

This 30 minute chicken dinner is such a great recipe for busy weeknights.
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Cheesy Chicken Taco Pasta

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
32 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: game day recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Calories: 537 kcal

This cheesy chicken taco pasta gets a spicy kick from the jalapenos. To make this recipe more kid friendly, swap in a bell pepper for the jalapeno.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups dry pasta such as macaroni or cellantani
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 ounces Roth GranQueso grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. Dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with the cumin, salt, and pepper. 
  2. Add the oil to a deep 12 inch skillet and heat over medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes.
  4. Dice the jalapeno and onion and add to the pan with the chicken. Stir in the corn and taco seasoning and continue cooking for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Add the pasta, salsa, milk, and water to the pan and stir well.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover. 
  7. Cook for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway through. 
  8. Turn off the heat and sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the pasta. Cover with the lid and let set for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  9. Stir well and sprinkle the cilantro on top before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken Taco Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 537 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 2782mg121%
Potassium 1268mg36%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1890IU38%
Vitamin C 18.9mg23%
Calcium 294mg29%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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