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!
Now I’m busting out my Instant Pot to make Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos!
These tacos are seriously easy to make and you can serve them a variety of different ways. Keep it traditional and serve them in corn or flour tortillas or crispy taco shells. Serve the chicken over rice for taco bowls or lettuce for taco salads. For a whole30 and low carb option, serve the chicken in lettuce wraps with sliced avocado.
No matter how you serve them, you’re going to love the simplicity and deliciousness of these pressure cooker chicken tacos!
Creamy French onion dip adds a delicious twist to these ground beef tacos! The entire recipe is made in just 20 minutes, for an easy dinner!
In our house, French Onion Dip and chips are always a requirement on the menu for NFL Sundays! So like any good food blogger, I made my own French Onion Dip Mix and started making homemade dip every Sunday.
Since I now had this delicious French Onion Dip Mix sitting in the pantry, I decided to try it out on other recipes, instead of just dip!
I first tried it out on pot roast and the result was AMAZING! Seriously, French Onion Pot Roast is the best pot roast ever! It was so good, I made it both in a pressure cooker and in a slow cooker.
Next up, I made these French Onion Dip Tacos. The perfect game day food that combines easy ground beef tacos with a seriously delicious dip!
We ate them on game day in crispy shells, then I made them again for dinner during the week and served them on flour tortillas. Both totally tasty options for this seriously easy taco recipe!
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos are a healthy, easy recipe for dinner! The buffalo cauliflower is baked, then broiled for a crispy texture. It’s then wrapped up in corn tortillas, topped with a dairy free avocado sauce and jalapeno carrot slaw, creating a totally delicious & gluten free taco recipe!
Toss some cauliflower with buffalo sauce and roast in the oven. While the cauliflower is roasting, mix up a little jalapeno carrot slaw and blend together the avocado sauce. Once the buffalo cauliflower comes out of the oven, toss it all on a tortilla and you have one seriously scrumptious vegan taco recipe!
Pressure Cooker Breakfast Tacos are an easy way to make brunch for a crowd, or make ahead for breakfast throughout the week. They can be made with meat, or meatless, for a vegetarian recipe. Serve them in corn tortillas for a delicious gluten free way to start the day!
Today’s post is sponsored by my friends from the Crock-Pot® brand!
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I always make sure I have plenty of delicious breakfast recipes to choose from!
But what about breakfast in a pressure cooker? This method of cooking has become so popular over the last couple of years, but mainly for easy dinner recipes. But what about breakfast, the most important meal of the day!
Never fear, I’m here to show you just how easy it is to make a big batch of eggs in a pressure cooker for breakfast tacos. You can make the eggs ahead of time and eat the tacos for breakfast throughout the week, or make them for brunch to serve a crowd!
Looking for the best steak tacos with a twist? Try these Cajun Steak Tacos marinated in a flavorful combination of olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, hot sauce and spices, then grilled to perfection for a delicious meal!
No need to head to Chipotle when you can make mouth-watering beef barbacoa at home in a crock pot! This easy recipe is perfect for adding to tacos, burritos, tostadas, nachos or even eggs for breakfast!
THE BEST Carne Asada Tacos are easy to make at home with a simple & flavorful chipotle lime marinade, skirt steak and corn tortillas! This authentic Mexican recipe is simple enough to grill up during the week, but also perfect for parties and BBQ’s.
When I’m looking for an easy weeknight meal to toss in the slow cooker, I turn to my Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa recipe. It’s so flavorful and easy to make!
I live in San Diego, just about 20 minutes from the Mexico border. People here take carne asada tacos very seriously. The key to a great carne asada taco is an incredibly flavorful marinade, delicious beef and simple, fresh toppings.
When grabbing a Carne Asada street taco in Mexico, you’re most likely going to need 3 or 4 tacos. The idea is that the tacos are small and easy to eat while standing on the side of the street. Our favorite tacos in Tijuana come from a cart on the side of the road. They make each one fresh to order and serve them with two toppings, fresh cilantro and onion.
I’ve taken this simple taco concept and brought it to this recipe. The flavorful chipotle lime carne asada marinade is the key to this easy recipe. Your biggest challenge will be getting the sliced meat from the cutting board into a tortilla before eating it all!
Instant pot pulled pork tacos are easy to make in under an hour with lean pork tenderloin, a delicious combination of spices and a sriracha honey tomato sauce!
One of my favorite things to do in the Instant Pot, is to take my most popular slow cooker recipes and make them into quick and easy Instant Pot recipes!
Since tacos are always a good idea, I took my Slow Cooker Sriracha Honey Pulled Pork Tacos and made them in the Instant Pot. The entire recipe takes under 45 minutes to make, with only about 10 minutes of active cooking time.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out the Top 17 delicious new recipes of 2017 on the blog, featuring everything from buddha bowls to cinnamon rolls and tacos to pasta!
This is my favorite time of the year, it’s the holiday season and the end of the year, a time to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the year ahead!
I started the tradition a few years ago of counting down the top new recipes from the year on my Instagram page and this year I decided to turn it into it’s very own blog post!
I love looking back each year and seeing which new recipes of the year really took off and grabbed the attention of my readers. I definitely take into consideration these popular recipes from the past year when planning for the new year ahead.
There were a few themes this year, bowls were big, from buddha bowls to zoodle bowls, everyone is loving the new bowl recipes (and the old bowl recipes as well, my Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls video has been viewed over 4.1 MILLION times on Facebook!)
Other popular trends this year included sweet treats, recipes with buffalo sauce and easy pasta recipes, all things I love as well!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tenderloin Chipotle Honey Tacos are a delicious and easy meal, perfect for weeknight dinners, game day or Taco Tuesday!
I first shared this recipe on the blog 4 years ago and it’s been one of the most popular recipes ever since. I decided it deserved some fancy new pictures and a video!
In addition to being totally Instagram-worthy, these tacos are so delicious! They’ve got smokey, sweet and spicy flavors going on in the chipotle honey pulled pork. They’re topped with creamy avocado and salty cotija cheese for the most perfect taco ever!
Blackened mahi mahi is pan seared & served in warm corn tortillas topped with crisp, fresh cilantro jalapeno coleslaw in this recipe for Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos!
Thanks to my friends at Litehouse for sponsoring today’s post!
I have a confession to make, I’m a recently converted coleslaw fan!
That’s right, I used to pass on the coleslaw at summer BBQ’s, that is until I started using Litehouse Coleslaw dressing. It’s sweet, tangy, creamy and so flavorful, helping to create the perfect coleslaw every time!
A Make Your Own Taco Bar takes the hassle out of cooking while hosting a party & guests will love it! It’s perfect for Superbowl, birthday parties & more!
For as many years as I can remember, hosting a Super Bowl party has been a tradition at my house.
Since I love everything game day, from the game itself, to the commercials, to the delicious dips, chips and tacos that come with it, throwing a Super Bowl party has always seemed like the natural thing to do!
While I love to cook, (I think that’s pretty obvious by the whole food blogger thing! 😉 ) I don’t want to miss out on the touchdowns, puppy commercials or half time show by being in the kitchen all day, that’s why I started hosting the “Make Your Own Taco Bar” at my Superbowl Parties a few years ago.
This quick and easy recipe for Crispy Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle BBQ Sauce is made in only 15 minutes, perfect for a weeknight dinner in a hurry!
A couple of weeks ago, I joined the Foodbeast team for a “Foodie Day in San Diego”. I was so excited to see that they had picked some of my favorite local spots to visit, like Basic Pizza and Puesto for tacos!
It was on that fateful Friday that I tried Puesto’s crispy shrimp tacos for the first time and fell in love!
I went home and immediately created a similar recipe that’s made in only 15 minutes!
This scrumptious crock pot dessert is made by filling easy, homemade taco cups with slow cooked summer fruit, vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup!
Alright y’all, it’s time for a moment of honesty here, I’m totally obsessed with slow cookers!
Yes, it’s true, I am now the proud owner of SIX slow cookers!
I literally own a slow cooker from the 80’s, a slow cooker from the 90’s and now four slow cookers from this decade! And no, I’m not giving any of them up, no matter how many times Kurt tells me it’s ridiculous to have so many slow cookers! 😉
For every party I throw, I cook up at least one, usually three or four recipes in my slow cooker. Slow cooking for parties allows me to prep everything the night before, then let the slow cooker do all of the work while I enjoy the party!
My Superbowl party is the perfect example of this. Each year, I prep 4-5 slow cookers the night before with different meats. Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork, Smoked Chipotle Brisket and Beef Barbacoa are always on the menu! I slow cook them overnight, then set up a taco bar for the party. This means people can eat whenever they would like and I get to watch the game!
This week I decided to put together the perfect summer crock pot fiesta, featuring an appetizer, entree and dessert, all made in crock pots!
This gluten free recipe for fish tacos is filled with cilantro lime jalapeño marinated & grilled mahi mahi, pico de gallo and fresh avocado!
Tomorrow kicks off Memorial Day weekend and if you want to find me, I’ll be the girl hanging out on my newly redecorate balcony with a glass of Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria in one hand and one of these tasty tacos in the other hand!
The Best Greek Turkey Taco Recipe combines Greek spiced ground turkey with an easy cucumber tomato salsa and feta cheese in warm pita bread for a delicious, quick and healthy dinner, made in just 29 minutes!
When it comes to tacos, I’ve yet to meet one that I don’t like!
Grilled chili lime chicken is tossed with avocado & peppers in this healthy, gluten free spin on chicken tacos, served in lettuce cups instead of tortillas!
It’s been 6 weeks since I started going to the gym on a daily basis (sometimes even two-a-days!) I’m just wondering why I don’t have JLo’s abs yet? Um, what’s up? Maybe it has something to do with my obsession with tacos, cheese and delicious craft beers during football games! 😉
Let’s be honest, I work out, so that I can continue to enjoy these delicious treats of life and keep a somewhat JLo-esque figure!
While I’m not willing to give up my favorite foods, such as tacos, I am willing to make them a little healthier, and that’s where I came up with this idea for chicken tacos in lettuce wraps.
All of the delicious taco filling without the extra carbs from the tortilla!
Tri Tip steak is slow cooked in a sweet & spicy, pineapple sriracha sauce, then shredded and served in these delicious tri tip tacos!
For my annual Super Bowl Party this year, I decided to make a taco bar with three different slow cooked meats & one slow cooker full of fajita veggies (for my vegetarian friends). This way people could make their own tacos anytime during the big game.
Sweet & spicy green chili chicken is added to these rolled tacos with two different kinds of cheeses & baked up for a crispy treat, perfect for game day!
Football season is officially here!!!
My beloved Oklahoma Sooners took the field for their first game of the season on Saturday and put up an impressive 48 points against Louisiana Tech. In less than a week my San Diego Chargers will take the field against Arizona for their first regular season game.
Sriracha Steak Tacos are a quick and easy recipe made with a simple steak marinade in under 30 minutes, perfect for dinner on Taco Tuesday!
There’s not much I love more than a good sauce and spicy foods. Hence my love of buffalo sauce and sriracha!
This particular recipe featuring sriracha actually came about as a fail from another recipe. When preparing my Sriracha Steak Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Skewers, (yes, those are real & amazing!) I originally tried to use cube steak to wrap around the jalapeños.
Needless to say, it didn’t quite work out and I ended up using skirt steak, but the beauty of the original fail was that these amazingly scrumptious tacos came out as the result!
Chili lime garlic marinated grilled shrimp tacos with green chili avocado salsa are a simple, healthy Mexican recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners!
These tacos came about as I decided to combine a couple of different recipes that I love all in to one dish!
Chili Lime Garlic Shrimp, bomb! Green Chili Avocado “Awesome Sauce” Salsa… lets just say it has awesome in the name, bomb! Throw in a little Red Pepper Lime Slaw and some cotija cheese, a winning combination of deliciousness!
Trader Joe’s Tacos combine spicy ground beef with fresh vegetables and Mexican cheeses for a deliciously simple dinner recipe!
I made this recipe one night after a long day. You know how that goes, you’re on your way home from school, work or whatever your day holds, you’re so exhausted but you know that there’s nothing at home to eat!
Some people take the fast food route, I take the “fast cooking” route, but before you can “fast cook” you have to “fast shop” and that’s where Trader Joe’s comes in!
Being a smaller, specialty grocery store there’s not all the navigating through aisle after aisle to get what you need for dinner. My favorite thing about Trader Joe’s is I know I’m getting fresh, healthy food with no artificial ingredients or preservatives which is very important to me and time-saving because there’s no need to read labels on everything!
You also can’t beat the price! Everything needed for these Trader Joe’s Tacos, which feeds 4, can be purchased for $13.13 (yes that’s actually the exact amount it came out to! All the sudden 13 doesn’t feel so unlucky 🙂 ) That comes out to $3.28 per person! Cheaper AND much more delicious and nutritious than anything that could be bought at a fast food joint and it only takes 15 minutes to make!
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 lb ground beef
1.3 oz package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
8 flour tortillas
1 cup mexican blend cheese
1 cup romaine lettuce (chopped)
1 tomato (chopped)
1 red onion (chopped)
1 jalapeño (chopped)
Other Optional Ingredients
Start by cooking the ground beef. Once browned add the taco seasoning, water and combine well.
Next chop the veggies.
Once the seasoning is cooked into the meat, heat the tortillas wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave for 45 seconds.
Put the tacos together by spooning the hamburger meat into the tortillas.