Mexican Beef Pasta Bake

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A delicious beef and pasta bake recipe perfect for busy parents wanting a quick and easy Mexican-inspired dinner to serve the whole family.

My family have a big soft spot for Mexican – it puts a smile on all our faces! When the kids were younger I used to put only half the taco seasoning into this dish so that it wasn’t too spicy. As they got older I gradually increased the intensity, and now my son adds chilli and jalapeños to most of our Mexican dishes.

Mexican Beef Pasta Bake recipe

This is a really easy dish to throw together on a busy weeknight, all you need to do is cook some pasta, brown some mince, then add all the other ingredients (except the cheese) into the saucepan and mix. I then spoon into a casserole dish, top with cheese, and cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has browned – it’s such an easy pasta bake!

Pasta and beef bake recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and super delicious weeknight dinner, look no further than this Mexican Beef Pasta Bake.


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Mexican Beef Pasta Bake

  • Author: The Organised Housewife
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 5 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups spiral pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 30g taco seasoning
  • 400g red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup mild salsa
  • ½ cup tasty cheese, grated
  • Spring onions, finely sliced for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, fan forced.
  2. Cook pasta following packet directions, drain and return to saucepan.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook mince over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until browned.
  5. Add garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Sprinkle in taco seasoning. Mix to combine and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add mince, kidney beans, tomatoes and salsa to pasta. Toss to stir through.
  8. Spoon pasta mixture into a 12-cup (3L) oven-proof dish.
  9. Sprinkle with cheese.
  10. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden.
  11. Sprinkle with spring onions. Serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 5
  • Calories: 485
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 1028mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 44g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg

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14 comments

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile July 16, 2015 - 1:27 PM

I’ve never thought to make Mexican Pasta Bake! What a great idea. It would have so many yummy flavours.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 17, 2015 - 11:30 AM

It is so yummy, Lucy. We all really enoy it.:)

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Kate @ Laughing Kids Learn July 20, 2015 - 10:51 PM

We are huge fans of Mexican flavours and this pasta bake would be a massive hit in our house. I’m adding it to my meal planner. The Mexican chicken rolls look amazing too.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 22, 2015 - 8:39 AM

You sound like us Kate we just love anything mexican too.:)

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Yvonne June 7, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Great idea, another recipe to add to the Collection

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 8, 2016 - 7:35 AM

Glad you like it Yvonne!!

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Mrs Park October 14, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Made this for lunch today and though it was a great alternative to the usual burrito or tacos although I think for me there were too many beans but not sure what I could replace them with, not overly keen on beans but still enjoyed them, Husband enjoyed it but wouldn’t say he was overly excited, his first comment was “it tastes like mexican” besides stating the obvious haha I took that as a sign it wasn’t his favourite but he still said it was good. I enjoyed how simple the recipe was and will keep it as a back up if i run out of taco shells!

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sonic May 14, 2018 - 10:57 PM

In stead of the big can of beans try adding a small can of 4 bean mix .

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 16, 2018 - 9:45 AM

great idea 🙂

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Justine July 18, 2018 - 9:52 PM

I made this for my family and it was a hit! No need to change a thing. The fussy teens were pleasantly surprised by this pasta bake with pizzazz. I will definitely add this to my mealtime repertoire. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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Renee February 25, 2019 - 7:11 AM

Looks amazing. Not sure my kids (including the big kid hubby) would like kidney beans…any substitutes

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 25, 2019 - 2:59 PM

you could use any beans… black beans, lima beans etc. you could maybe try baked beans (though i haven’t tried), just wash and drain them so the sauce doesnt add any flavour to the mince mix 🙂 the beans just bulk the meal up a bit more

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Recycledmummy September 13, 2020 - 7:31 PM

Yummo, even cherubs enjoyed it ?they ate it with just grated cheese on top, then we used rest for pasta bake YUMMY..DOUBLED RECIPE so 2 nights dinner done wow..thanks for a great recipe Katrina.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2020 - 11:40 AM

So fabulous to hear! Thank you for the lovely feedback – I’m so pleased the whole family loved this dish, and that it got you through two nights x

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