Queso Taco Pasta Bake

Hearty homemade queso plays a starring role in this crowd-pleasing casserole.

queso taco pasta bake
I just can’t get enough of Mexican dinners lately, and this cheesy, yummy pasta bake is no exception. The star of this dish is the homemade queso made with Old El Paso Mexican Cooking Sauce. Using this simmering sauce gives the sauce that tasty Mexican flavor we are looking for, and will have your family asking for seconds. old el paso cooking sauce
First, preheat your oven to 350°F and spray a 3-quart glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Then start on the queso by melting some butter in a 2-quart saucepan. melting butter in pan
Next, whisk in the flour, salt and pepper. whisking flour in a pan with melted butter
After the mixture has cooked for a few minutes, whisk in some chicken broth. adding chicken broth to pan
Now it’s time to add the cheese! adding cheese to sauce
After the cheese has melted, stir in the secret weapon, the Old El Paso Cooking Sauce. I used the roasted tomato variety, which has a nice, spicy flavor punch and a velvety consistency. adding cooking sauce to pan
Set your queso aside (taste-testing with a chip or two is allowed). Grab a skillet and brown up some hamburger with some chopped onion and a dash of cumin. browning ground beef and onion
After the hamburger is cooked and drained, add some of your favorite salsa. You can control the heat level for this recipe easily, choosing mild salsa if your kiddos don’t care for heat, or dialing it up to hot if you are serving it to a spice-loving crowd. adding salsa to cooked ground beef
While I was making the queso and hamburger, I was also boiling water and cooking up some rotini. (Feel free to make the pasta beforehand if you have the time!) boiling water and pasta
Once your pasta is cooked and drained, return it to the pot and stir in the hamburger and salsa mixture. adding ground beef mixture to pasta
Now, it’s time to add the glorious, cheesy queso. Pour it on thick and mix it all together. Watch out, it’s going to smell AMAZING. adding cheese sauce and combining all ingredients
Transfer this mixture into your prepped casserole dish and sprinkle with even more cheese. pasta in casserole dish and topping with cheese
Pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until it’s all bubbly and the cheese on top has melted. queso taco pasta bake
Scoop it up and enjoy! queso taco pasta bake

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