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Tex-Mex Pasta Recipe

Tex-Mex Pasta Recipe

After a recent surgery, I wasn’t able to stock up on groceries. One night, I looked in my pantry and created this. The results were fabulous! —Michele Orthner, Lethbridge, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook beef in a Dutch oven over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, soup and 1/2 cup cheese; heat through.
  • 3. Drain pasta; stir into meat mixture. Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"Used taco seasoning. Easy to make and really good!!! Will make again!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"Surprisingly delicious! I followed other reviewers' advice and used a packet of taco seasoning on the beef, otherwise made it exactly as written. The soup added an appealing creaminess. Also used medium salsa. My husband took one bite and declared it a new Top 10 favorite! Plus it couldn't be easier to make, and was ready in a flash. Thanks for sharing this keeper!"

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Delicious as written."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"Made this last night for myself, and like others, added taco seasoning, onions, and garlic and more cheese. Because I love spiced up stuff, added chili powder and 2 diced up jalapeno peppers. Was really good. Well worth making again, but might try different soups each time. (Cheese, Mushroom, or Celery..maybe even bean with bacon.) Good recipe Michele."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"Just made this dish, but tweaked it a bit, I thought the cream of chicken was going to be wierd but i tried it anyways, I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, didn't have taco seasoning, so I used seasoning salt, pepper, onion powder, & garlic powder, added chopped onions and fresh garlic, topped it with cilantro and cheese. It turned out really good, my husband is a big critic to my creations but he had seconds. Next I will add more cheese and try it with taco seasoning."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"I thought it was pretty good. I took another reader's advice and added a packet of taco seasoning to the meat. I think that added a nice flavor to it. I'm just not sure if I was a fan of the cream of chicken soup with the other ingredients. If I was to make it again I might try a can of cheddar cheese soup instead. It was definitely a quick and easy meal."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"A new favorite in our home! Made it exactly as written, but had to double the recipe (except the hamburger). Glad I did as there weren't any leftovers. One of my kids added peperoccinis for a little added kick. Delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"Excellent! Very easy and great recipe for those evenings when you don't have time to make a gourmet meal! Everyone love it!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"This was so easy and delicious. My husband loved it! I will be making this again. I used a medium heat salsa and it was perfect."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"Quick, easy and yummy. I used more cheese and hot (not mild) salsa. Crumpled up tortilla chips made a nice topping (just before serving). My son likes to add a few dashes of hot sauce as well."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"Made this dish as a quick and easy meal to make for our priests (who request meals that are not too spicy). It was super easy and fast to make, and inexpensive. Overall good flavor, however, next time I will add a little more spice when I make it for my family (it was too bland for my tastes). I used mild salsa, maybe next time I will try it with hot salsa. I also added extra cheese."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Loved it. Fast and easy."

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"This was very tasty. I added Taco Seasoning to the meat to add some extra flavor. I also used 2 cups of cheese... you can never have too much cheese."

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