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Mexican Pasta Bake Recipe
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Mexican Pasta Bake Recipe

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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
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 (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. 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.
  2. 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. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mexican Pasta Bake in Country Ground Beef 1993, p95

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

Easy, a nice mild "mexican" dish for those who can't do very spicy dishes but still like the flavors. The pasta is a creamy complement to the meat layer.

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

Quick, easy, and awesome!

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

this is an amazingly simple and delicious recipe. i also add a can of tomatoes and use mexican cheese, and add in whatever other veggie I have available, spinach, corn, etc, and it always comes out perfectly. i have taken it to pot luck dinners where usually the pasta is the last to go, but this is one of the first dishes gone!

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

When I managed a kitchen I made this weekly and sold out everytime!! Make it at home all the time.

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2008

I make notes in all my cookbooks of the dates that I make recipes. I first made this one in March 1994 when my boys were still small. I wound up taking it several times to Cub Scout cover-dish meetings. The kids adored it.

Over the years, as the boys' tastes changed and they wanted spicier food, I began adding more spices to zing things up, but the basic recipe is still the same. Recently I attended a Scout meeting with my nephew (ah! the memories) and I made the original recipe to take along. Kids still love it!

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