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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 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 Nov. 21, 2017

"I've made this pasta bake several times using 1 pound of ground beef, 1 pound of pasta, salsa, the soup & I even added a well-drained can of corn. I also use extra cheese, especially on top. I've also made it with half salsa & half mild Rotel. It's delicious! I serve it with a side of Ranch Style beans, sour cream & fresh bread baked in the bread maker. In fact, it's tonight's dinner! I may add some Taco Seasoning just for a different taste. This is definitely a keeper!"

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!!!!"

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."

Sue Zappa
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!"

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