One Pot Taco Pasta

One pot meals are my best friend.  They always get my attention because they’re  normally don’t involve a complicated recipe (you basically just chuck everything in a pot and cook it) and there is minimal washing up.  This one is a favourite of mine because I love mexican food.

About this Recipe

By: Erin O’Neill – Accredited Practising Dietitian

This one-pot taco pasta recipe has something in it for everyone in the family.  Pasta for the kids, meat for dad and veggies and legumes for those in the family conscious of trying to improve the quality of their diet (busy mum’s I mean you).

The rest of the family will hardly even notice that they are chalking up one out of their recommended two legume serves per week and a serve of veggies.

If you’re lucky, they’ll be some leftover to enjoy for lunch the next day.



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Lunch & Dinner


  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 500g extra lean beef mince
  • 4 stalks shallots (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • large tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans (canned)
  • 1 capsicum (diced)
  • 1 cup salsa (bottled)
  • 2 cups pasta shells (dry, uncooked)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Begin by heating your extra virgin olive oil in a large fry-pan or pot over a medium to high heat.  Whichever you use, it will need to have a tight-fitting lid.  Cook your onion and garlic in the oil until the onions become soft and translucent (they change from a solid white colour to more see-through like).

Step 2

Then add the beef mince to the frypan or pot and break it up into small pieces using a wooden spoon or spatula.  Brown the mince.  You will know that it is cooked through once it is no longer pink looking.

Step 3

Now, add the spices, diced tomato, corn, black beans and capsicum into the pot and give it a good stir to mix it up well with the mince and cook the vegetables a bit.  This part should take about 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4

Next, you can add the stock, salsa (and my favourite part) and the dry pasta (yep, that’s the beauty of one-pot meals).  Bring everything to the boil and then turn down the heat to get it to a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes.  If you’re not sure what this looks like check out this video.  Then just make sure to give it a bit of a stir every few minutes to make sure the pasta isn’t sticking to the bottom.

Step 5

Take the pot off the heat, spoon it into bowls and serve it immediately.  Enjoy!

Photo of Erin O'Neill's one pot pasta with text overlay "this one pot pasta is healthy and low mess".

One Pot Taco Pasta

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gut health, midweek, quick, summer
Servings: 6
Author: erinoneillapd


  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 500 grams extra lean beef mince
  • 4 stalks shallots finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic or 2 tsp minced
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup black beans canned
  • 1 capsicum diced
  • cups beef stock
  • 1 cup salsa bottled
  • 2 cups pasta shells dry, uncooked


  • Heat oil in a large fry-pan or pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • Add the beef, and break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula until it is cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Add cumin, chilli powder, diced tomato, corn, black beans and capsicum to the pot and stir to incorporate with the meat. Cook the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the stock, salsa and pasta. Bring everything to the boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is cooked through and tender. Stir every 3 to 4 minutes as it cooks, to ensure the pasta isn't sticking to the bottom.
  • Remove from the heat, divide into bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories 380
Fibre 5g
Protein 24g
Fat 13g
Saturated fat 4g
Carbohydrate 44g
Sodium 770mg