Chicken taco pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that is sure to please everyone at the table. It is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and it comes together in just 30 minutes! This dish is packed with flavor, thanks to the taco seasoning, salsa and beans. The chicken is tender and juicy and the pasta is perfectly cooked. If you are looking for a delicious and easy weeknight meal, give chicken taco pasta a try! This meal is also easy to make gluten free and dairy free!
Why You’ll Love This Taco Pasta
It’s quick and easy to make and comes together in 30 minutes!
This pasta dish is kid-friendly!
Chicken taco pasta is packed with protein.
It is the perfect weeknight dinner!
This meal is budget-friendly and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.
This chicken taco pasta is so comforting and delicious.
It is packed with flavor from the taco spices, beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes, corn and peppers!
All you need to make this recipe is a pot, pan, cutting board and a knife. I love my Caraway pans because they are non-toxic and gorgeous!
Pasta: Use a pasta that holds up well for this chicken taco pasta. Feel free to use any shape you prefer! Some ideas are: rotini, mafalda, fusili or penne! I used Jovial pasta because I am gluten free!
Beans: Beans are a great addition to chicken taco pasta. They add plant-based protein, fiber, and nutrients to the dish. Beans also help to make the dish more filling and satisfying. Feel free to use any type of beans you prefer. Some ideas are: black beans, kidney beans or pinto beans!
Tomatoes: Canned tomatoes are a convenient and affordable way to add flavor and nutrition to chicken taco pasta. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene. Choose canned tomatoes that are whole, peeled, and diced. Avoid canned tomatoes that contain added salt, sugar, or preservatives.
Onion: Sweet onions are a great addition to chicken taco pasta. They have a mild, sweet flavor that complements the other ingredients in the dish.
Garlic: Garlic is a key ingredient in chicken taco pasta. It adds a savory, pungent flavor to the dish that complements the other ingredients.
Corn: Corn is a great addition to taco pasta. It adds sweetness, crunch, and texture to the dish.
Bell Peppers: Bell peppers are a great addition to taco pasta. They add sweetness, crunch, and color to the dish. Bell peppers are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
Taco Seasoning: Taco seasoning is a key ingredient in chicken taco pasta. It adds a flavorful blend of spices to the dish, such as chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and paprika.
Salt: My favorite salt is Redmond’s Real Salt because it is high-quality and made with zero fillers. If you use my discount code LESSWITHLAUR you can get 15% off Redmond’s website.
Chicken: I use a rotisserie chicken here to make this quick and easy!
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
Step 2: Cook pasta according to instructions on box.
Step 3: While the pasta is cooking, chop the veggies, add onion to a pan and sauté over medium heat.
Step 4: Add in garlic, peppers, corn, taco spices and salt and continue to cook. Stir in kidney beans and tomatoes.
Step 5: Strain pasta and add into pan. Stir in the cooked chicken and enjoy!
Let the chicken taco pasta cool completely. Transfer the pasta to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. This is a great meal to prep for the week!
This chicken taco pasta is an easily customizable dish! Here are some variations to try:
Meat: Try using ground beef, shrimp or ground turkey instead of chicken! You can also leave the meat out and make this a vegetarian dish.
Cheese: Add cheese to this dish to make it extra creamy.
Pasta: Mix it up by using a different pasta type. Some options are: spaghetti, rotini or shells!
How To Serve
Chicken taco pasta is a delicious dish that can be served on its own or spiced up with a variety of side dishes or toppings. Try adding avocado, guacamole, sour cream, cheese or serving this pasta alongside a refreshing side salad!
What is a chicken taco made of?
A chicken taco is a traditional Mexican dish made with a small corn tortilla filled with seasoned chicken, vegetables and salsa. This chicken taco pasta is a twist on a traditional taco.
Can this recipe be made gluten free?
Yes, this recipe can be made gluten free by using gluten free pasta!
Can this recipe be made dairy free?
Yes! This recipe is naturally dairy free as long as the pasta is dairy free and you do not add cheese.
Is this recipe nut free?
This recipe is nut free if you use a nut free pasta.
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Chicken Taco Pasta
- 1 cutting board
- 1 knife
- 1 pan
- 1 pot
- 1 box pasta
- 1 can beans
- 2 cans tomatoes
- 1/2 sweet onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 2 bell peppers
- 2 tsp taco seasoning
- dash salt
- 2 cups shredded chicken use a rotisserie chicken to make it quicker
- Gather your ingredients.
- Cook pasta according to instructions on box.
- While the pasta is cooking, chop the veggies, add onion to a pan and sauté over medium heat.
- Add in garlic, peppers, corn, taco spices and salt and continue to cook. Stir in kidney beans and tomatoes.
- Strain pasta and add into pan. Stir in the cooked chicken and enjoy!