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Mexican Pasta Bake

This casserole makes a delicious change of pace from ordinary pasta casseroles. The corkscrew noodles? They make it fun! —Joy Smith, Bigfork, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, tomato sauce, green pepper and spices. Bring to a boil; remove from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, combine the pasta, 1/2 cup cheese and sour cream. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Top with meat mixture and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 434 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1034mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • justducky76
    Feb 1, 2021

    Made this tonight and my teenagers loved it! I didn't use green pepper or oregano because I didn't have it but I did add some chopped scallions for a little green. They're eating it with tortilla chips well, because they can. :) When I asked if I should make it again, they both nodded emphatically while they're mouths were stuffed full. I'd say that's a Mom win!

  • gremaux
    Jan 26, 2021

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  • egentry25
    Nov 11, 2020

    Absolutely delicious and creamy. I mixed everything together and served from the pot (didn't have time to bake) and it was so good! I also skipped the green pepper because I didn't have any on hand.

  • Stephanie
    Nov 1, 2020

    Great change from taco Tuesday - family loves mexican and pasta - and this is a great mix of both with great flavor. I am always looking for new recipes, and this one is now in the rotation. I am a working mom with 3 kids, so always appreciate receipes that are quick, easy and delicious...this checks those boxes!

  • darlyn29
    Jun 26, 2020

    I make this with gluten-free elbow noodles and meatless grounds to make it gluten and meat free. Tastes wonderful and I usually have the other ingredients in the pantry on any given day. It's a great weeknight meal or even to take to a pot luck or large gathering.

  • Kathys Kandles
    May 6, 2020

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  • kredhead
    Apr 10, 2020

    More of everything. Rotel with peppers. Jack cheese. Yum. Could add beans, corn, black olives, tortillas, green onions.

  • Mulinda
    Jun 9, 2018

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  • Kathy
    May 30, 2018

    Easy and tasty, I did add more cheese and sour cream and only had 1/2 box of spiral pasta and that worked great. I also added 1T of chili powder in addition to the taco seasoning. My family enjoyed it, that's what matters!

  • lackie
    Dec 17, 2017

    Made this for dinner , very good I really loved it.