Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta


Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

Summary: A combination of two family favorites—tacos and pasta—made easy in the slow cooker.


    • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef or ground turkey
    • 1 cup beef broth (from 32-oz carton)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
    • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
    • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    • 1 package (8 oz) Old El Paso chile and roasted garlic Mexican cooking sauce
    • 4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, soften, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 3 cups cooked medium pasta shells
    • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
    • Toppings, if desired Sour cream
    • Old El Paso Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
    • Shredded cheese


  1. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  2. In 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place cooked beef and remaining Taco Pasta ingredients except pasta shells and Cheddar cheese; stir until well combined.
  3. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
  4. About 15 minutes before serving, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Uncover slow cooker; stir in pasta and shredded Cheddar cheese until well combined.
  5. Cook uncovered on High heat setting 10 to 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve topped with sour cream, salsa and/or shredded cheese.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 4 hour(s) 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Recipe and Photo courtesy of: BettyCrocker.com

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