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Slow-Cooker Taco Pasta

Slow-Cooker Taco Pasta
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 6

Too busy to cook but craving some good old fashioned comfort food? Our slow-cooker taco pasta combines pasta with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, taco seasonings and chile cooking sauce for a simmered-to-perfection hearty dish. ...MORE+ LESS-

Corey Valley Corey Valley
October 22, 2015

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
cup water
2
tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix (from 1 oz package)
1
can (14.5 oz) Mexican Style diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4
cup finely chopped white onion
1
garlic clove, finely chopped
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, soften, cut into 1-inch pieces
8
oz medium shell pasta (from 16-oz box)
2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
Chopped fresh cilantro

Steps

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  • 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 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, stir beef, water, taco seasoning, tomatoes, onion and garlic until well blended.
  • 3
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours.
  • 4
    Cook pasta as directed on box; drain. Uncover slow cooker; stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in pasta and shredded Cheddar cheese until well blended.
  • 5
    Cook uncovered on High heat 7 to 9 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • If you want to add some spice to your Slow Cooker Taco Pasta, try topping the finished dish with your favorite spicy salsa.
  • If you happen to have any leftovers, pack it up right away for an easy lunch to take to work the next day!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
Calories from Fat
260
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
44%
Saturated Fat
14g
72%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
950mg
39%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
40g
13%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
3g
Protein
30g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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