Friday, July 10, 2015

Taco Pasta with Chorizo


My  kids love pasta and they also love tacos. When I asked them what they wanted for dinner, they could not decide on the two.  So I decided to combine both these great meals into one.  That's just what I did with this Taco Pasta with Chorizo. 

I used fresh Mexican chorizo sausage that is full of flavor as my meat base.  Now if you cannot find chorizo sausage, you can use any ground meat of your choice and add a little more taco seasoning and spices to taste.

I also used a large tube style pasta in the dish.  I like using this style of pasta because all the taco sauces and flavors go inside the tubes and you get a real flavor punch with each bite. 

We ate this with a nice green salad to complete the meal.  My kids loved this combination meal!  It will definitely be returning again to our dinner table soon.  

1 pound of pasta like ziti, rigatoni or penne
1lb chorizo sausage (lean beef or pork can be substituted)
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium jalapeno sliced (remove seeds for less heat)
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
2-3 Tbs of taco seasoning
1 tsp of ground cumin
red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 cup of your favorite jar salsa 
1/2 cup of pasta water (reserved from cooking pasta)
juice of half a lime
1/2 cup of sour cream
8oz of Mexican Cheese blend 

Step 1: Prepare pasta per package instructions.  Reserve pasta water before draining pasta.
Step 2: Brown the chorizo sausage and add the onion, jalapeno and garlic.  
Step 3: Then season with the taco seasoning, ground cumin and red pepper flakes.  
Step 4:  Next add the salsa, water and lime juice.  Simmer for a few minutes.
Step 5: Mix the cooked pasta with the taco meat mixture. 1/2 the shredded cheese and a 1/2 cup of sour cream.  
Step 6: Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and fill with your cooked pasta.  
Step7: Cover pasta with remaining shredded Mexican cheese.
Step 8: Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Serve hot with green onion for garnish.  Enjoy.

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