Taco seasoned ground beef, black beans and cherry tomatoes are tossed with ziti pasta & creamy avocado sauce in this easy, cheesy Taco Pasta Bake! It’s made in just 35 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!
If you’ve ever thought, ” I really love pasta and I really love tacos. I just can’t decide which one I love more!” Well, you don’t have to choose between the two anymore!
That’s right, I took the delicious flavors of tacos and incorporated them into this pasta bake recipe. It’s not only totally scrumptious, it’s totally easy too and perfect for weeknight meals!
The Creamy Avocado Sauce makes this pasta recipe unique and adds so much flavor to the dish! I’ve been using this avocado sauce in recipes for years. It first appeared on the blog in this recipe for Mexican Stuffed Shells.
These recipes are very similar, but in this Taco Pasta recipe I decided to simplify things. Instead of stuffing the ingredients into individual pasta shells, I simply tossed all of the ingredients together.
The combination of flavors in this Baked Taco Recipe are fantastic! From the light and creamy avocado sauce, to the taco seasoned ground beef. I could eat this dish for every meal for a week.. and I have!
I promise, you want to make this recipe for dinner tonight!
This chicken enchilada recipe combines creamy avocado sriracha sauce with shredded chicken and pepper jack cheese for a spicy, delicious meal!
A few of my recipes are completely unplanned and come out of sheer necessity to use up items in my refrigerator. These are sometimes my very best recipes. This is one of those recipes.
I had a container full of cooked, shredded chicken leftover from making a Buffalo Chicken Frittata (recipe is in my cookbook!) for brunch last weekend. I knew I needed to use it up before heading out of town this weekend so I started to brainstorm.
I recently learned from an amazing Mexican chef that the difference between salsa and sauce is salsa is not cooked and sauce is cooked.
If you already knew this, then pin-a-rose-on-your-nose smarty pants! If you didn’t, there was your fun fact for the day!
Needless to say my roommates immediately named this salsa “Awesome Sauce” completely contradicting what I just told you!
They were right though, this SALSA is AWESOME! I’m not bragging here because there was really no culinary skill involved, I just got lucky!
After the 4 hour long tamale making process I realized I had completely forgot about making a salsa or sauce to go on the tamales so I just started pulling stuff out of my fridge and throwing it in a bowl! The result:
2 Avocados (peeled, pitted and sliced)
Juice of 2 limes
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 red onion (chopped)
1 serrano chili (seeded and chopped)
1 jalapeño (seeded and chopped)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
2 oz chopped green chilies
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper
Simply put: throw everything in a blender or food processor and puree.
And now you have “Awesome Sauce”!
Dip some chips in it or serve it with your favorite Mexican dish like the Sweet Corn Tamales or these delicious Grilled Shrimp Tacos!