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Santa Fe Skillet

As a mother who works full-time, I’m always looking for quick, easy meals to prepare. This is a timeless recipe. —Lorie VanHorn, Waddell, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package (6 ounces) four-cheese corkscrew pasta mix
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the pasta, contents of seasoning packet, salsa, water, chili powder, salt and cayenne.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Stir in tomatoes; sprinkle with olives and cheese. Cover and simmer until heated through, 3-4 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Pasta Roni mix.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 287 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 1061mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • BellaTerra66
    May 9, 2020

    This is a good basic recipe to tailor to meet anyone's needs. However, first of all, cook the pasta separately and add it into individual bowls, or you'll just wind up with soggy pasta. Secondly, I can't for one minute believe that this has 286 cal, even without the cheese and sour cream. :-)

  • Cklee1403
    Aug 28, 2014

    I thought this was very good. I changed it a little because we dontcare for spicey food. I used taco seasoning instead of chilli powder. DeleatedtheCheyenne pepper and added a can of fiesta corn.i served tortilla chips with it and it made an easy weeknight supper

  • cafritz
    May 17, 2012

    I make this with ground venison, use kraft spiral mac and cheese, and change the diced tomatoes to Ro*tel, original. Spices it up real nice. And I like spicey.

  • SouthernSweetheart23
    May 7, 2012

    It was ok. A little to salty for our tastes.

  • Colleen1734
    Jun 29, 2011

    It was too spicey for our taste. Maybe just half of the salsa and no chili powder would be a good starting place.

  • 123Lon
    Mar 10, 2011

    The sodium content of this is about 1/2 of a whole day's recommended allowance. Use low or no-sodium diced tomatoes out the 1/2 tsp salt, low fat cheese & sour cream will go a long way to making this a healthier meal.

  • Dutchr
    Sep 24, 2010

    I make this for a bunch of US Navy Vets that hate Hamburger Helper and love this! All I changed was to heat it up a little more!

  • kyle1987
    May 5, 2010

    Tasty. I used Hamberger Helper Four Cheese Italian.

  • chamamama
    Apr 6, 2010

    this was wonderful. My picky eater went back for 2nds & my husband made me write the recipe down so that I'd make it again.

  • cheryl.doring
    Apr 6, 2010

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