Swirly Taco Pasta Skillet
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
My boys love “tacaroni.” They have for years. And this is my skillet hack version of the “tacaroni” that they love! This is very much a “homemade hamburger helper” kind of meal. And it’s amazing! If you’ve never cooked a skillet meal from scratch like this, please let me teach you. I survive the busy-madness with these kinds of quick and easy meals.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) black beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 - Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 12 - oz. box(es) rotini pasta**
  • 2 1/2 - cup(s) chicken stock**
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - shredded cheese or sour cream**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Open, drain, and rinse the black beans.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to skillet.
  3. Stir in the drained black beans, crushed tomatoes, taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring to bubbling in the skillet.
  4. Stir in the rotini pasta noodles with the chicken stock. (You could use beef stock or water, if preferred.)
  5. Bring to bubbling again, then cover and let pasta cook for 10 minutes, or al dente. Immediately remove from heat, so the pasta doesn't overcook.
  6. Prepare veggies.
  7. Serve Swirly Taco Pasta Skillet with shredded cheese or sour cream garnish and veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Open 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.
  3. Open, drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned beef, cooled
  • Half of the canned black beans, drained
  • Half of the canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet for reheating. Once warmed through, stir in the pasta noodles with 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, cover with lid and cook pasta for 10 minutes.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when garnishes are omitted.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when you use gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Swirly Taco Pasta Skillet

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat in skillet. Once warmed through, stir in the pasta noodles with 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, cover with lid and cook pasta for 10 minutes.
Serve garnished with shredded cheese or sour cream and veggies.