Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta Recipe

Super simple easy dinner – our slow cooker cheesy beef taco pasta recipe is a great week night dinner. Perfectly cheesy and filled with delicious pasta you will love this easy ground beef recipe. 

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta served in a bowl

Have you gotten a chance to try out our slow cooker cheesy beef taco pasta recipe yet? If not I am glad you’re here because you have been missing out.

This slow cooker dinner recipe is one of my go-to favorite recipes to make. It is a great way to use ground beef, which is a great budget-friendly dinner recipe.  

It is even picky eater approved in this house, so I always count that a win and pull this recipe out when I need everyone to eat without complaining. 

I feel like that is always taken into consideration. I am all about having my kids try a new dinner, but there are just some nights where I do not feel like putting up a fight to have the pickiest eater at least “try” (the smallest nibble) a bit of the dinner.

For more delicious, tasty, and easy ground beef recipe like this, make sure to give our Instant Pot Ground Beef Goulash Recipe (American Style), Ground Beef and Bean Taco Casserole Recipe, or even this same recipe but in the Instant Pot with our Instant Pot Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta Recipe.           

Close up of a bowl of Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta

Ingredients You Need to Make Our Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta Recipe:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Onion, finely diced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Taco seasoning
  • Water
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Canned diced green chilies 
  • Chunky salsa
  • Beef broth
  • Canned corn
  • Small shell pasta
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Taco toppings

How To Make Our Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta Recipe:

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta in slow cooker with a wooden spoon

To make this simply delicious dinner, start by browning the ground beef and finely diced onion over medium-high heat in a large skillet seasoning the meat with salt and pepper to your preference. 

Once the beef is fully cooked, drain the grease and then return the meat to the skillet with the taco seasoning and water mixing it together over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. 

Then prepare the slow cooker by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. 

Now, add the seasoned ground beef into the slow cooker along with the undrained canned of tomatoes, can of chilies, salsa, beef broth, and drained can of corn and mix it all together. 

After putting the ingredients in the slow cooker, place the lid on and turn the slow cooker on low heat for 5-6 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. 

Once the time is up, remove the lid and add in the pasta and stir it all together. 

Turn the slow cooker on high heat and let the pasta cook for another 20-25 minutes on high. 

Slow Cooker full of Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta

When the pasta is done cooking to your desired doneness, top everything off with the shredded cheddar cheese and stir it all together until the cheese is melted and you have a wonderfully creamy pasta dinner. 

Then simply serve the pasta on a plate and top it with your favorite toppings like pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cilantro, slice olives, guacamole, and even more salsa. 

To Make this Slow Cooker Dinner You Will Need:

  1. Large skillet
  2. Spatula
  3. Slow cooker (THIS is an awesome one!)
  4. Wooden spoon

Want to Make it Even More Cheesy?

Instead of using all of the shredded cheese, you can swap out ½ cup of the shredded cheese for a ⅓ cup of cheese queso dip! We love to make our own or use the Tostitos brand of queso dip and it turns out great! 

To make your own queso to use for this dish, Kitchn has a great rotel and velvet cheese dip recipe that would also work great in this recipe, not to mention perfect to serve some tortilla chips with.

Do I Need to Use Ground Beef?

We love using ground beef in this recipe, but you can use other options as well. Both ground chicken and turkey would work great in this recipe and are still lean meat choices. 

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Serves:
8

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta Recipe

Super simple easy dinner – our slow cooker cheesy beef taco pasta recipe is a great week night dinner.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours 20 minutes
Total Time
6 hours 35 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes undrained
  • 4 ounces canned diced green chilies
  • cups chunky salsa
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 15 ounces canned corn drained
  • 12 ounces small shell pasta uncooked
  • cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Favorite toppings, optional (pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, cilantro, sliced olives, etc)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat until ground beef is fully cooked, seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Drain grease.
  • Mix in taco seasoning and water and cook for 1-2 minutes over heat.
  • Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add cooked meat, tomatoes, chilies, salsa, beef broth, and corn to the slow cooker. Mix all together.
  • Place lid on top of slow cooker and cook on HIGH heat for 3-4 hours or on LOW heat for 5-6 hours.
  • Remove lid, stir in pasta, and put lid back on. Switch the heat to HIGH heat. Cook the shells for 20-25 minutes in the slow cooker or until they reach the desired doneness.
  • Remove lid and sprinkle cheese on top. Stir in cheese until it melts and taco pasta is creamy.
  • Serve topped with your favorite toppings (pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, cilantro, sliced olives, etc).

Notes

  •  Want to make this even more cheesy? Swap out 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese with 1/2 cup jarred cheese queso dip (I usually use the Tostitos brand and it’s delicious).

Nutrition

Calories: 407 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 49 g
·
Protein: 26 g
·
Fat: 12 g
·
Saturated Fat: 6 g
·
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g
·
Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g
·
Trans Fat: 0.2 g
·
Cholesterol: 56 mg
·
Sodium: 1351 mg
·
Potassium: 690 mg
·
Fiber: 4 g
·
Sugar: 6 g
·
Vitamin A: 936 IU
·
Vitamin C: 11 mg
·
Calcium: 208 mg
·
Iron: 3 mg

Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • spatula
  • Slow Cooker
  • Wooden Spoon

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
American

A spoonful being taken out of a bowl full of Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Taco Pasta

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