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Mexican Skillet Pasta

posted by Julie Evink on May 3, 2013

Mexican Skillet Pasta ~ Fabulous pasta with a kick that comes together only using one skillet! via

Hey it’s Julie here and I’m a little behind. Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner as in like 2 days from now and I’m just finally posting a yummy Mexican dish for you. Better late than never right? Or something like that…

I try to act like I have it all together, but honestly you should see my house right now. Or should I say houses right now. My kitchen is full of boxes piled high, I’m just hoping Miss K doesn’t decide to terrozie them. Chaos pretty much sums my life up right now. After next weekend when I move everything will be perfect in my world again right?

Ha big laugh there. It wasn’t perfect to begin with! I can wish and hope though right?

So if you are a little slow, like me, and want a yummy and super easy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this is your recipe. If you are totally on top of it and have a menu planned out already well then save this one for later. It only uses one skillet and comes together in a jiffy. Like we can’t all fall in love with a recipe like that right?!

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Mexican Skillet Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 6     adjust servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 c. salsa
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 2 c. uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) corn
  • 1/2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Brown hamburger in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes. Drain grease off.
  2. Add salsa, tomato sauce and water to hamburger in skillet. Heat to boiling. Add macaroni and corn, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir occasionally.
  3. When macaroni is cooked sprinkle with cheese, replace cover and let stand until cheese is melted.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 454kcal Calories from fat 182
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 1197mg50%
Carbohydrate 47g16%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 24g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Recipe adapted from: Betty Crocker

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  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    Better late than never, that’s totally right! mmmm I know so many people that would love this pasta!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Angie! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • Vicky @

    This looks great. We have a taco pasta that we make but this looks a lot easier to make than ours. Your mexican lasagna looks delicious too. I might have to check it out. Good luck with your move!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’m in love with all Mexican food – I’d eat this every day, no joke!

    • Julie Evink

      It’s so easy you could!!! But your family might tire of it 🙂

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Cinco de Mayo (and okay, like, everrrryyy day) is the perfect excuse to shove my face with Mexican food. And Mexican PASTA sounds even better. I need this!

    • Julie Evink

      I pretty much stick my face in FOOD every time chance I get. I don’t even need an excuse 🙂

  • Sharon Clements

    I made your meatloaf, dinner rolls, and crack potatoes last night for supper! They were SO good!! Best rolls I’ve ever made….and I’ve made a LOT of rolls….

    • Julie Evink

      Sharon! I’m so happy to hear that 🙂 The reason I blog is for things like this. You keep me going!

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

    ooh I’ve been wanting to make a mexican pasta and this sounds like the perfect one to try!

  • Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    Um… awesome! I have all these ingredients in the refrigerator right now! This sound and looks delicious. Great post. Also, following you on bloglovin and facebook now! 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Welcome!!! Glad to have you here 🙂

  • Shannon {Cozy Country Living}

    Yum! This looks really good! I love Mexican flavors and this looks simple to make too:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I could eat Mexican food every single night! Love how easy this pasta dish looks!!!

  • madge | the vegetarian casserole queen

    Ugh moving! So stressful…

    Good luck with that and I love this recipe!

  • Anyonita @ Anyonita Nibbles

    These look amazing! I’ve pinned it to my pasta board 🙂 I followed you from the link party with Mostly Homemade Mom, by the way. I also run a Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    this looks fabulous and now I’m hungry!!

  • Yvonne @ bitter baker

    Mmm, this pasta looks divine!! I love Mexican flavors in pasta dishes, makes the pasta so much more interesting than regular tomato sauce!

  • The Better Baker

    I’m a Mexican food fantatic and know this dish would be GRANDIOSO! Thanks so much for sharing it at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon.

  • Laurie @ A Wiener Dog in the Kitchen

    Being from Texas, I’m crazy for anything Tex-Mex or Mexican and your Mexican Skillet Pasta looks quick, easy and delicious, which is right up my alley. Love your site!

  • Rachel Eldredge

    I’ve made this recipe several times and my whole family loves it. Thanks for sharing! I’ve also linked to it from my blog so others can find it as well.

  • jackie lair

    Great and easy recipe! I made it tonight and it was awesome! I even made it gluten free and used brown rice noodle. It was really gooooooood!

    • Julie Evink

      Glad you enjoyed it Jackie 🙂

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This is definitely being added to our dinner menu, looks amazing.

  • linda nelson

    one question do you drain the corn?

  • Naomi

    Yum!! The Mexican Skillet Pasta looks so delicious!! SO just to confirm, I don’t cook the macaroni until I add it to the water/salsa mixture?

  • cheats for Baseball Heroes

    It’s going to be end of mine day, but before end I am
    reading this wonderful post to improve my knowledge.

  • Judy D.

    I don’t like chunks in my pasta sauces (aside from the meat – I even blend my Prego, lol). Could I blend the salsa to make it smooth? And, if so, should I drain the corn to make up for the liquid difference? Thanks! Looks seriously delicious!

    • Julie Evink

      I think you can blend the salsa or use a picante sauce and I’d try draining the corn and reserving the liquid mixture in case you need it as you experiment!

  • Maxi

    I finally found a web site that had two people who have actually tried it and liked it. I have visited probably 20 sites trying to find someone who had tried and all I found was the boring ”
    looks good” “I’m going to have to try!” Real right. Why don’t you try then write something about it. I won’t lie and say I am going to try until I see someone else has tried it and it turned out good.

    • CWil

      I typically follow recipes accordingly, however this time I made the dish with a few substitutions, ground turkey and whole wheat noodles. I have to say that it was not good. It lacked flavor and my family was quick to tell me. Perhaps I did something wrong but this was not a win with my household who typically eat ANY AND EVERYTHING.

  • Susan Walker

    Is there a substitute for the salsa?

    • Julie Evink

      I’m sorry I’ve never tried anything but salsa!

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