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One-Pot Turkey Taco Pasta

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How is it already back-to-school time?! The time of year where every minute is precious and no one wants to waste time slaving in the kitchen but we still want to have healthy meals right?!

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The best part of this recipe is not only that it tastes amazing but it has a ton of veggies that even my kids ate!! I have a 2 and a 4 year old so that’s a pretty big deal in my house!

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I used lean turkey and mild taco seasoning so it had a perfect amount of flavor but it wasn’t spicy or overpowering for the little ones and it was still a meal that my husband and I loved!

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5 from 12 votes

One-Pot Turkey Taco Pasta

Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: Coco and Ash

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb butterball ground turkey (lean)
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about half a small onion)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (about half a small green pepper)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1 15.25 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or canned is fine)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (about 1 ounce)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 8 ounces elbow pasta
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add in your olive oil and the butterball ground turkey, salt, pepper, onion, and green peppers.  and cook until the turkey is longer pink. (about 7-10 minutes)
  • Once the turkey is cooked, add in the corn, black beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning, and water. 
  • Bring everything to a full boil and add in the pasta (note: 8 ounces is NOT the entire box...don't make my mistake and dump in the whole box) 🙂  
  • Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 8 minutes stirring occasionally to make sure the pasta isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Once the pasta is cooked, add in the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. 
  • Enjoy!

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Melanie
    August 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I always like one pot dishes. Who likes to cook AND do the dishes, right? This looks like a great dish! #client

  • Reply
    Kelly @ trial and eater
    August 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    One pot meal for the win!

  • Reply
    Amy @ The Cook Report
    August 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    One pot pasta recipes are the best! This one looks amazing

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      August 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks so much Amy!

    • Reply
      Elaine
      February 27, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Do you have nutritional information please?

      • Reply
        Coco and Ash
        March 1, 2019 at 10:09 am

        I do not, but there are calculators online that you can use 🙂

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    Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
    August 22, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I’m a big fan of one-pot meals! Ground turkey is not easily available where we live, but I imagine this dish would work just as well with chicken. Yum!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      August 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you! You could totally do it with ground chicken or beef too 🙂

  • Reply
    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    August 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Perfect back to school recipe! I love using learn ground turkey in place of beef in al my cooking and I love that this has some hidden veggies too!

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    Andrea
    January 11, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    This was great and reminded me a bit of Hamburger Helper. I made it in a 5qt Dutch oven. I didn’t have corn or onions, but I will make sure I have them next time. I added 3/4 cup of salsa to it, and since I used mild taco seasoning, I shook a generous amount of chili power into it, to add a bit of heat. Kids enjoyed it, so it’s a keeper!

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    Brian
    January 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

    This is a winner! On top of being amazingly delicious, it is so easy and uses such few dishes. I could have used this recipe in my college days! I added half a finely chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper to the turkey, onion, and green pepper for just a liiiitle extra kick, but the recipe is perfectly fine without. Also, a little cilantro to garnish. Thank you, Coco and Ash!

  • Reply
    Kourtney
    January 26, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I have 10 in skillet, will this be too small? Please help!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      January 26, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      That might be too small. I’d hate to have it over flow

  • Reply
    Kerry
    January 29, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Going from panic because you forgot to take anything out of the freezer for dinner to a yummy dish everyone will love in less than half an hour?! Yes, please!! Thank you so much!!

  • Reply
    Nikole
    February 10, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Love it! My husband went back for 4ths and made it again the next day!

  • Reply
    Carmen
    February 19, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Question, can I substitute the black beans with either chili or pinto beans?

  • Reply
    Addi
    February 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe! There aren’t a lot of “staple” meals in our house because I like to try new recipes often, but this has become one. My husband absolutely loves it, and so do I. Added bonus: it freezes well!

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    Sydney
    February 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Fabulous! Used chicken stock instead of water and added a little cream cheese. Topped with sour cream and avocado! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      March 1, 2019 at 10:09 am

      Thank you!! Avocado on it sounds delicious!!

  • Reply
    Beth Johnson
    March 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    This is quick and delicious! My daughter (teen) is devouring it as we speak. 😊 I added an Orange Bell Pepper and I cut up my own tomatoes and added a can of organic tomato sauce. Great tip on not adding the whole box of macaroni or I would have done that too. 😏 I topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to tame down the heat. (I used a pack of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning). Definitely a new staple for dinner.

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      Coco and Ash
      March 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      That’s so great to hear!! Greek yogurt sounds great!

  • Reply
    Sheri Scinto
    April 6, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    This is soooooo good. Easy and quick too.

  • Reply
    Bri Barr
    April 9, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Omg, we just made this last night. I used whole wheat rotini pasta instead, and this is definitely one of my new favorite dishes. It’s so simple and quick! And a great way to get some veggies in! Awesome recipe, will definitely be making again soon!

  • Reply
    Fred
    April 9, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    You don’t need to cook the pasta separelty, you cook it in the dish with everything else?

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      April 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Yep!! Everything goes in together! 🙂

  • Reply
    Remy
    April 22, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I hope this isn’t a stupid question: Do you drain the water after cooking the pasta or should it have thickened by the time it’s done? Thank you!

  • Reply
    Clark
    May 13, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Great recipe. Added some avocado on top. Thanks for sharing.

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