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A white plate of taco pasta.

One Pot Taco Pasta

This tamale casserole is one of those slow cooker favorites that you'll find yourself making again and again! It's beyond easy and I'm sharing a special tip for making cornbread (or any type of bread/cake) in your slow cooker without it getting soggy. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 581kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup dry macaroni
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro, tomato, avocado, for serving


  • Brown ground beef in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain grease.
  • Add the macaroni, water, milk, cornstarch, and taco seasoning to the skillet with the beef. Stir well.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the cheddar cheese, and cover for 2 minutes.
  • Stir well. Top with cilantro, diced tomato, and avocado before serving.



Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 553mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 2.7mg