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A spoonful of taco pasta topped with cheese in a pan.
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5 from 2 votes

One Pot Taco Pasta

One Pot Taco Pasta is a delicious one pot dish that is ready in about 30 minutes, perfect for a taco flavored dish with orzo pasta, salsa, ground beef, and lots of cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 414kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion (about 1/2 large onion)
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper (about 1 bell pepper)
  • 1 TBS taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (divided, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup taco sauce (or tomato sauce)
  • 2 cups orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend)


  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season with 1/2 tsp salt. Drain excess grease and set aside.
  • Add olive oil, onion and garlic to skillet. Cook for 2 minutes, until they start to soften.
  • Add bell pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add in taco seasoning, salt, pepper, chicken broth, salsa, taco sauce, orzo pasta, and prepared ground beef. Stir together.
  • Cook for about 10-12 minutes until liquid is absorbed and orzo is cooked through. 
  • Stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the top.
  • Place in the oven to broil until the cheese is melted and golden.
  • Serve with desired toppings!


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1116IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 2mg