Taco Pasta Bake

It was a cold one today in MN. We woke up this morning to a temperature of –10! Thankfully, we made it to a high of +7 degrees today… they were forecasting a high of –2! It was a cold walk into the YMCA this morning – co-taught my 3rd body pump class. Smile The only thing I will get out of bed for at 5am! One more class of co-teaching and then I can start teaching on my own.

Anyway. . . with the cold temps, I knew I wanted something quick, easy, warm and comforting for dinner. Taco pasta bake to the rescue.

I made this for Scott and Laura a few weeks ago and it was a big hit. We all ate it for leftovers the next day! That’s a win in my house – when I can get my husband to eat leftovers. Winking smile


I used the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats for inspiration, but tweaked it a bit, to make it my own. Here is the original recipe.


Here is my version:

1lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 packet Taco seasoning
14.5oz can tomato sauce
14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded taco cheese blend, divided
1 can sweet corn
4oz can chopped green chilies
16oz macaroni shells (1 box), cooked and drained
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
Toppings:  sour cream, taco sauce, salsa


  1. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain, then return to the skillet. Add water, taco seasoning, tomato sauce, petite diced tomatoes, and stir to combine. Turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile cook macaroni shells in salted, boiling water until just under al dente, then drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Turn stove off then add 1 1/2 cups taco cheese to the tomato mixture and stir until smooth. Add corn, chilies, and cooked shells, then stir to combine. Pour mixture into a non-stick sprayed 9×13 baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Top with crushed tortilla chips and remaining cheese then bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with toppings, if desired


Enjoy! Smile


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12 Responses to Taco Pasta Bake

  1. That looks like a delicious recipe and a simple enough ingredients list. Yes, it was cold in MN! So awesome that you’ll be teaching body pump by yourself soon!
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  2. I am a fellow Minnesotan and have been having a super difficult time getting out of bed these cold mornings for CrossFit! I can’t wait until spring is here 🙂 I love IGE’s recipes – your version looks delicious!
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    • KT

      Welcome! Thanks for commenting. 🙂 Super jealous that you are able to do CrossFit – we don’t have any place in Mankato (yet!). Stay warm. 🙂

  3. Kim

    Looks yummy! I am northern ON and it is freeeeeezing here too. I love to cross country ski, but it’s too cold even for that right now. Brrr.

    Sounds like bodypump teaching is going fantastic! Making me miss the gym I used to go too… the one I go to now is cheap, but kinda ghetto haha. Think I might look into rejoining the other one had getting certified to instruct some les mills classes 🙂
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  4. Kim

    I am *in* northern Ontario… I’m not northern Ontario haha
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  5. Seriously! -10 degrees? This Florida girl doesn’t even know what that feels like. haha! You are amazing for waking up to teach, not only at 5am, but at 5am in the freeeeeezing cold. You’re an inspiration!

    And that taco bake looks delicious!!
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    • KT

      I am totally jealous of you all in Florida! I am actually taking a vacation to Marco Island in 2 weeks – super excited for nicer weather!!!

  6. I bet you are such a great teacher! I wish I could take your class. I think it is so awesome that you are doing it! 🙂
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  7. Looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂
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