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All the flavors of Mexican food wrapped up in cheesy pasta… all made in the slow cooker with almost no prep? That’s Slow Cooker Mexican Pasta for you!
Try this pasta on a weeknight when you’re bored of your usual spaghetti and meatballs. Your kids will love it. You’ll love it. And you’ll all live happily ever after.
Okay, not really. But you will be happy that this was an easy and delicious meal 🙂
Slow Cooker Mexican Pasta Ingredients
Honestly, what can be better than Mexican blend cheese, pasta shells, and taco seasoning? I absolutely love this meal and hope you do too! It’s a pretty simple one that I like to throw together when I don’t know what to make.
- ground beef (you could sub for ground turkey or ground chicken if you prefer, but I love the taste of beef with these spices)
- yellow onion
- red bell pepper
- chili powder
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- tomato sauce
- Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles (if you’re not using these in your cooking, you need to. its such an easy way to add so much flavor to your dishes! Buy this big pack on Amazon and always have a few cans on hand)
- canned corn
- canned black beans
- beef broth
- Mexican style cheese
- small pasta shells
How to Make Slow Cooker Mexican Pasta
To make this delicious pasta, you’ll want to start by cooking the ground beef in a large skillet. Remove any grease from the beef and add it to your slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients (except for the cheese and the pasta– we’ll get to those later). Stir all of that up and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
After your timer goes off, stir in the cheese and the dry pasta. Cook that all up for another 30 minutes, checking every 15 minutes and stirring until the pasta is tender. This could take just a few minutes or could be a little longer, depending on your slow cooker.
Once the pasta is tender and everything is smelling absolutely irresistible, serve the pasta with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Pasta
Slow cooker pasta is what I go to when I want something delicious but I don’t want to put in the actual effort to make something delicious. So these recipes are as close to magic as I’ll ever get. Try these recipes and let me know if you feel the same.