Healthy Taco Pasta

May 11, 2020

What do you get when you marry my two favorite foods? You get this HEALTHY TACO PASTA, because I am obsessed with both tacos and pasta. And once you try this recipe, I’m pretty sure you will be obsessed, too!

My favorite part about this meal is how quickly it comes together – it’s on your table in under 30 minutes. And while it might be tempting to purchase a pre-made taco seasoning blend, I can assure you that using my special spice combo is going to yield a much tastier result! Try it, you will thank me.

TACO PASTA - INGREDIENTS1 teaspoon cumin⁣⁣1 teaspoon oregano⁣⁣1 teaspoon sea salt⁣⁣1 teaspoon chili powder⁣⁣1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika⁣⁣pinch cayenne pepper⁣⁣1/2 teaspoon salt ⁣⁣1/2 teaspoon pepper⁣⁣1 12 ounce package of pasta (I used gluten free bow ties)⁣⁣1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil⁣⁣1 pound ground beef⁣⁣1 small onion, roughly chopped⁣⁣2 cloves garlic, mashed⁣⁣1 15 ounce can tomato sauce⁣⁣1 4.3 ounce container plain dairy free yogurt (or regular yogurt)⁣⁣⁣⁣FOR TOPPINGS, OPTIONAL:Cheese⁣⁣Chives, chopped⁣⁣Jalapeño, chopped⁣⁣Sour cream⁣⁣Guacamole⁣⁣

What you need to make this taco pasta

Think simple ingredients, baby! Simplicity is where it’s at.

How to make this healthy taco pasta

I feel silly even writing a full paragraph on how to make this recipe, but hey, it’s important for SEO, so here we are. 

The first thing you need to do is boil your pasta according to package instructions, then drain it and set aside.

Next, prepare the taco sauce! To do that, sauté the onions, ground beef (or vegan meat crumbles), and mashed garlic. Once the meat is cooked through, add the tomato sauce, yogurt, and all of the seasonings, mixing everything together well. The sauce will be nice and creamy. Let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, so the flavors really soak in!

Add the cooked pasta to the taco meat sauce, plate, and add your favorite toppings. That’s it.

SO GOOD and SO EASY!!

If you make this recipe, please be sure to tag me on Instagram and leave a review below! This will be super helpful for those thinking of making this recipe, too! I appreciate your support!

Healthy Taco Pasta

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
SERVES 6
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What do you get when you marry my two favorite foods? You get this HEALTHY TACO PASTA, because I am obsessed with both tacos and pasta. And once you try this recipe, I'm pretty sure you will be obsessed, too! My favorite part about this meal is how quickly it comes together - it's on your table in under 30 minutes. And while it might be tempting to purchase a pre-made taco seasoning blend, I can assure you that using my special spice combo is going to yield a much tastier result! Try it, you will thank me.

Ingredients

  • 1 12 Ounce Package of Pasta
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, Roughly Chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Mashed⁣⁣
  • 1 can (15 ounce) Tomato Sauce⁣⁣
  • 1 4.3 ounce Container Plain Dairy-Free Yogurt (Or Regular Yogurt)
  • 1 tsp Cumin⁣⁣
  • 1 tsp Oregano⁣⁣
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder⁣⁣
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika⁣⁣
  • pinch Cayenne Pepper⁣⁣
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper⁣⁣

Toppings (Optional):

  • Mexican Blend Cheese⁣⁣
  • Chives, Chopped⁣⁣
  • Jalapeño, Chopped⁣⁣
  • Sour Cream⁣⁣
  • Guacamole⁣⁣

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside when done. 
  • While the pasta is cooking, add oil to a large pan on the stove over medium heat. 
  • Add the chopped onions and ground beef, stirring for about two minutes, then add the mashed garlic and stir for another 30 seconds or so.
  • Continue stirring until the meat starts to brown. 
  • Once the meat is cooked through, add the tomato sauce, yogurt, and all the seasonings, stirring until everything is mixed together well.
  • Turn the heat to low, and let it simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, so the flavors really soak in!
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss well so that the pasta is coated in the taco-meat sauce.
  • Plate, add any toppings you’d like, and enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    Definitely family friendly I can see myself making this once a week. It was super easy and fast to put together but was so delicious and flavorful. My boys said it was “fire” which is a good thing. I added sautéed zucchini which my boys and husband didn’t seem to mind.

    • Yesss I agree with your boys, these are “fire!” Thank you for your review, Regina, this is so awesome!