Tex-Mex Pasta Recipe
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Tex-Mex Pasta Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 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.
Originally published as Tex-Mex Pasta in Simple & Delicious April/May 2013, p31

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lorij64 User ID: 130027 260181
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"This was a huge hit. Hubby, stepson, grandkids loved it! Simple and tasty. Served with some tortilla chips and sour cream on the side. YUM!!!!"

leehome User ID: 8382247 233978
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

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

doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 232896
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!"

jswinn User ID: 7440216 231360
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Delicious as written."

Dougie55 User ID: 8327261 229182
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."

chinado11 User ID: 5744978 229165
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."

Lyndamr09 User ID: 6289348 222999
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."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 222402
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!"

mariahelen User ID: 8282075 222193
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!"

bjpalmer User ID: 467168 213055
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."

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