The Cinco de Mayo Collection
How you doin’? If you love both tacos and pasta this is the perfect recipe. It incorporates the best flavors and textures of both and when cooked in an Instant Pot it is done and, on the table, in under thirty minutes. And if that’s not good enough, there’s only one pot to clean.
You can use any pre-made taco seasoning. I am partial to Lawry’s—you may have to use two packets to get the correct measure. In the ChefSecret below is my preferred blend of spices to make this recipe work as well as any taco seasoning for beef, pork or even turkey. You can spice it up a bit to meet your own tastes.
Because the pasta is a bit toothy, this is a great recipe to use as leftovers. Simply fill a shallow baking dish with the pasta blend, cover with microwaveable food film (Glad Press ‘N Seal) and microwave until hot. Remove the food film and add additional cheese and broil in the oven until bubbly hot.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion finely diced
1/2 cup assorted bell peppers finely diced
1-pound lean ground beef
2-1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning (see my Taco Seasoning in the ChefSecret)
1 jar (16 oz.) of salsa
1-pound pasta shells, uncooked
4 cups beef broth low sodium
1 cup corn (defrosted if from frozen)
1 cup shredded cheese Mexican, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack or Cheddar or a blend
fresh lime wedges
sour cream, optional if desired
fresh parsley or cilantro diced
ChefSecret: Make it to your own taste with Ed’s Taco Seasoning Blend (about 2-1/2 tablespoons) and never buy another packet of taco seasoning mix again.
Ed’s Taco Seasoning Blend
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon medium chili powder
1/4 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more for a spicier blend)
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon minced onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
Cheesy Note: Feel free to use a blend of cheeses or whatever you prefer. Also, feel free to add 1 more cup of cheese (2 cups total) if desired. Start with 1 cup and move up from there.
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