Cheesy Mexican Pasta Casserole

Yep, that’s right, we’re having pasta again. You shouldn’t be surprised. We eat A LOT of pasta around here. This was absolutely delicious. There were even people at the table asking for seconds and thirds.

1 lb. ground beef, turkey or chicken
1 package taco seasoning
4 oz. cream cheese
14 oz. noodles, I used penne
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
3 green onions, garnish
Sour cream, garnish

Preheat oven to 375°.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well.

Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish. In a large bowl, combine meat mixture and pasta and spoon into baking dish on top of salsa. Cover shells with taco sauce. Top with cheese.

Bake for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted. Top with any condiments you’d like (crushed tortilla chips,green onions, black olives, etc.) Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.

Did I change anything? Yes, I made this dish a lot easier than the original. The original used large pasta shells that you had to stuff and required that you bake it for 45 minutes. Also, I couldn’t find any taco sauce, so I just used salsa.

What did the family think? Three out of four of us thought it was super duper tasty.

Where did this recipe come from? Get in My Belly

photo from A Pinch of This and That


Filed under Definitely Making it Again, Easy, Mexican

2 Responses to Cheesy Mexican Pasta Casserole

  1. Heidi

    My family loved this!!!

  2. Tiffany

    Made this tonight and couldn’t find in the directions where the chips went so I just layered it all and it was deeeeelish!!!

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