Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

Mike tried this recipe on July 23, 2023

When I think of foods prepared in a slow cooker, colder weather comes to mind – soups, stews, warm comfort foods to come home to when the temperatures outside are cold. But while looking around for more summertime meals, I realized that slow cookers have a very definite use in the summer as well. For one thing, using a slow cooker keeps the kitchen from getting hot by not needing to use the stove or oven (or at least not as much). Plus, since everyone seems to be doing lots more things outside the house in the summer, not having to spend extra time cooking each evening is highly desirable. I’m convinced!

This dish fits right in with this theme. Minimal stovetop use, mostly a “dump and go” type of meal that can be prepped in minutes and then left to cook for several hours. My daughter tried and and said it reminded her of a “goulash”, but the flavor is definitely more Southwestern. If you’re looking for something to change up your routine, give this one a try.

Adapted from Kristine’s Kitchen

Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 6 hrs Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8
Best Season: Summer


An easy "dump and go" type meal prepared in a slow cooker - almost a form of Southwestern-style "goulash" according to my daughter. A great choice for changing up the menu, and keeping the kitchen cool during the hot summer months.

Adapted from Kristine's Kitchen



  1. In a medium skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper and breaking into crumbles as it cooks. Drain off excess grease.

  2. Transfer cooked beef to a 4 quart or larger slow cooker. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, salsa, taco seasoning, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.

  3. Cook on Low for 4-5 hours or on High for 2-3 hours. At end of cooking, add pasta and set to High. Allow 10-20 minutes for the pasta to cook, stirring occasionally. Stir in shredded cheese and allow to melt, then serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 1/2 cups (12 oz)

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 444kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.3g21%
Saturated Fat 5.9g30%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 1076mg45%
Potassium 592mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 50.4g17%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 7.7g
Protein 29.8g60%

Calcium 152 mg
Iron 4 mg
Vitamin D 80 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Any salsa (mild, medium, or hot) can be used.
  • Any taco seasoning (mild or hot) can be used.
  • The recipe photo used small pasta shells. Medium shells or other shapes could be used if desired.
  • Any leftover shredded cheese can be used as garnish.
  • The dish could get very thick as the pasta cooks. Add small amounts of water if needed.
Keywords: pasta, taco, slow cooker, tex-mex
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