Cheesy Taco Pasta is a quick weeknight meal for the family made with Ricos Gourmet Nacho Cheddar Cheese Sauce, spiral pasta, ground beef, taco seasoning and topped with olives, avocado, tortilla strips, serrano pepper and fresh tomato.
Cheesy Taco Pasta
1 pound box rotini pasta
15 ounce can Ricos Gourmet Nacho Cheddar Cheese Sauce
14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, drained
.5 cup milk
1 packet taco seasoning
1 pound ground beef
Toppings-pick your favorites
3.8 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
4.5 ounce bag tortilla strips
cilantro, finely chopped
1 serrano, sliced
other optional topping ideas include: shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce, sliced jalapeno, diced onion, and black beans.
Cook pasta according to box directions in a medium pot and drain.
As the pasta cooks, brown ground beef in a large saute pan on a medium-high heat. Add the taco seasoning and finish cooking ground beef according to packaged seasoning directions. Add in the drained canned tomatoes and stir until begins to simmer. Move the meat to a plate.
Return saute pan to stove, turn down the heat slightly, and add your Ricos Gourmet Nacho Cheddar Cheese Sauce and half cup of milk. Stir frequently to avoid cheese burning or sticking until sauce is creamy.
Remove from heat. Add the meat back into pan and add the cooked pasta. Stir all ingredients together.
Add your favorite taco toppings. We used a diced avocado, tortilla strips, black olives, serrano pepper, a fresh diced tomato and some freshly chopped cilantro.