Some days feel long, but there is no doubt as the days go by that they are short. This saying can be particularly applied to right now; the start of a new school year.

It feels like it was just yesterday that my children were heading off to junior kindergarten and grade one. Yet now here we are. They are another year older, wiser and in a whole new grade. It seems pretty crazy!

I find now that they are back in class that the days seem to fly by faster than they did when I had all the children home with me for Summer break.

Our day starts at 6AM. We are out the door by 8:30AM and by the time I get home from school drop-off and running errands it is usually shy of 11AM. Just enough time for me to make lunch for my toddler and myself, get the little one down for a nap and sneak in time for a workout before heading back out the door to pick the kids up from school. Seriously – I am not kidding when I say the day goes by in a blink of an eye.

With how busy the days become with the start of each new school year, I often find myself flocking to prepare slow cooker meals or quick and easy 30-minute weeknight meals. I don’t have time to be messing around whipping up something gourmet in the kitchen. However that doesn’t mean that I can’t work with the minimal time I have and make a comforting dish that is not only full of flavour and nutritious, but also quick and easy.

My family has a slight obsession with Mexican food. Particularly tacos. I am not the biggest taco fan. Call me crazy, but tacos just aren’t my jam. One of the few ways I happen to enjoy anything taco is in pasta. Hence why I have taken it upon myself to create a Cheesy Taco Pasta recipe.

My Cheesy Taco Pasta recipe offers a bit of a kick that tantalizes the tastebuds, and when you include Chickapea Pasta as one of it’s key ingredients you can bet that you will be walking away from dinner having enjoyed a protein-filled and fiber-packed meal. Trust me when I say that eating this meal with Chickapea Pasta is like diving into a bowl full of “smiles, sunshine and super powers”! No seriously – Chickapea Pasta offers  23 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber and is chock full of essentials nutrients, like: complex carbs, thiamine, folate, iron, zinc, B vitamins and the list could go on. Making this a flavourful dish you want in your life because it is super nutritious, offers quick cooking time while also working to help you build muscle and promotes belly health!

If that isn’t enough reason to entice you to make this Cheesy Taco Pasta recipe, then I don’t know what is!

Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe
Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 5 pickled jalapenos, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Daiya cheddar style shreds
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (see recipe below)
  • 540 ml  can petite cut stewed tomatoes (I used Alymers Cracked Pepper and Roasted Garlic Stewed Tomatoes)
  • 1 box (227 g) Chickapea Pasta Spirals
  • 1 box (227 g) Chickapea Pasta Shells

Taco Seasoning Recipe:

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp flour

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pasta. Cook for 5 to 9 minutes until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet add ground beef and onion. Cook until onion is translucent. Add jalapenos and continue to cook until beef is cooked through. Drain off fat.
  3. Add reserved pasta water, tomatoes and  taco seasoning. Cover and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cheese shreds until melted. Add cooked pasta and stir until well coated.
  5. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe

Can’t get enough of Chickapea Pasta? I know – neither can I! Pick up another box and whip up this amazing Tomato, Basil and Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe. You won’t be disappointed!

Giveaway!

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One lucky reader will receive a gift basket full of goodies, valued around $75. The contents of the gift basket includes:

  • 1 box of Chickapea Spirals
  • 1 box of Chickapea Penne
  • 1 box of Chickapea Shells
  • 1 bottle of Kiki Maple Sweet Water
  • 1 container of Teatulia Chamomile Tea (30 bags)
  • 1 bag (142g) of Neal Brothers Montreal Steak Spice Kettle Chips
  • 1 jar of Neal Brothers Organic Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
  • 1 package (225g) of Budding Nutrition Gut Busters
  • 1 package of (84g) Rawnata Vanilla Saskatoon Flax Crackers

Note: some of the prizing was graciously donated by Neal Brothers, Avid Gourmet and LCG Foods.

To enter complete the giveaway tools form below and leave a comment telling me what your what pasta you would make using Chickapea Pasta.

* This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Giveaway runs until 11:59PM EST on October 30, 2016. You may enter this giveaway on as many participating blogs as you like, but please know you are only eligible to win once.

Disclosure: I am a Chickapea Pasta brand ambassador. I have received special perks ad compensation as a part of my affiliation with this program. All opinions are those of my own.

73 Comments on Cheesy Taco Pasta

  1. Holly MacRitchie
    October 5, 2016 at 10:15 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make a sausage and pepper pasta! spicy!

    Reply
  2. Wendy hutton
    October 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make chicken alfredo

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  3. charityk
    October 5, 2016 at 11:08 pm (1 year ago)

    i would like to make chicken penne

    Reply
  4. Lynda Cook
    October 5, 2016 at 11:13 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make goulash, these sound like great noodles and would love to try them out!!

    Reply
  5. Jeannie Lam
    October 5, 2016 at 11:23 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make a spinach and chickpeas pasta dish.

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  6. Michelle
    October 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make pasta e fagioli with chickpea pasta. Thanks for the chance!

    Reply
  7. Jessica
    October 5, 2016 at 11:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Chick Pea Pasta Pesto with fresh mozzarella!

    Reply
  8. Amy C
    October 6, 2016 at 12:29 am (1 year ago)

    I would make Chickapea Pasta and cheese.

    Reply
  9. Tanis
    October 6, 2016 at 12:41 am (1 year ago)

    I would make this with seafood and Alfredo!

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  10. Marlene J
    October 6, 2016 at 1:06 am (1 year ago)

    Creamy Avocado Pasta

    Reply
  11. Cheryl Sawatzky
    October 6, 2016 at 1:33 am (1 year ago)

    i would make tuna casserole as my husband loves it

    Reply
  12. Sherry moffitt
    October 6, 2016 at 2:39 am (1 year ago)

    I would make a beef, macaroni with loads of cheese.

    Reply
  13. Silvia D
    October 6, 2016 at 2:42 am (1 year ago)

    love a good seafood pasta!

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  14. Treen Goodwin
    October 6, 2016 at 7:13 am (1 year ago)

    I would make Chicken alfredo …its a favorite in our home 🙂

    Reply
  15. Julie
    October 6, 2016 at 7:18 am (1 year ago)

    I would make a cheesy pasta bake!

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  16. Victoria Ess
    October 6, 2016 at 9:09 am (1 year ago)

    I’d make a pasta salad!

    Reply
  17. Maria
    October 6, 2016 at 9:21 am (1 year ago)

    I would make Chickapea Pasta and cheese – YUM

    Reply
  18. kathy downey
    October 6, 2016 at 9:58 am (1 year ago)

    I would love to make chicken alfredo,my family would love it

    Reply
  19. 409cope
    October 6, 2016 at 10:15 am (1 year ago)

    I would make chicken penne with this pasta.

    Reply
  20. nicky
    October 6, 2016 at 11:26 am (1 year ago)

    I would love to make the Tomato, Basil and Sausage Pasta Sauce Recipe!

    Reply
  21. Ali P
    October 6, 2016 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

    I’d make a chicken penne pasta bake!

    Reply
  22. Florence C
    October 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make the cheesy bake.

    Reply
  23. Judy Cowan
    October 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm (1 year ago)

    I would like to make a quick meal that I make using pasta, canned diced tomatoes, hamburger and cheese.

    Reply
  24. tanyab79
    October 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm (1 year ago)

    A chicken veggie casserole is what I would make first. Thank you for the chance. 🙂

    Reply
  25. Rhonda W G.
    October 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm (1 year ago)

    I’d try making my tuna curry pasta salad! I think it would be awesome!

    Reply
  26. jan
    October 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Would be interested to try it with chicken parm

    Reply
  27. Kim K
    October 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make a chickpea pasta and cheese bake

    Reply
  28. Glogirl
    October 6, 2016 at 2:21 pm (1 year ago)

    I would like to try it with a slow cooker dish I make called Beefy Macaroni and Cheese.

    Reply
  29. Christina
    October 6, 2016 at 4:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Mm the chick pea pasta and cheese!!

    Reply
  30. Andrea Amy
    October 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I think I would try out the tomato basil and sausage recipe!

    Reply
  31. Heather Howard
    October 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make a simple hamburger casserole first and see if my kids liked the new products, then I would get adventurous! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  32. Wayne Lecoy
    October 6, 2016 at 5:42 pm (1 year ago)

    It would be terrific to win this Chickapea Pasta Basket.
    In response to your question of
    What pasta dish would you love to make using Chickapea Pasta?
    I would love to make Chicken Alfredo With Bacon.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

    Reply
  33. Pam
    October 6, 2016 at 6:21 pm (1 year ago)

    I would probably make a pesto primavera

    Reply
  34. Christy e
    October 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make a spicy tomato sauce with los of veg

    Reply
  35. Anne Taylor
    October 6, 2016 at 8:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I’d make our fave pasta dish with a light pesto, asparagus, grape tomatoes and mushrooms

    Reply
  36. Dianne G.
    October 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Your recipe is one that sounds delicious so I would make that or the Easy-Peasy Cheesy Bake from their site recipes.

    Reply
  37. Carol M
    October 6, 2016 at 9:52 pm (1 year ago)

    I would try out the Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe, looks so yummy.

    Reply
  38. Tina L.
    October 6, 2016 at 11:23 pm (1 year ago)

    I would try chickpea pasta and cheese bake first.

    Reply
  39. Josh S
    October 7, 2016 at 12:00 am (1 year ago)

    I would like to make a chickpea pasta and cheese bake. My wife cant eat gluten so this looks like a great product she could enjoy.

    Reply
  40. Donna L.
    October 7, 2016 at 1:50 am (1 year ago)

    I’d try your Cheesy Taco Pasta Recipe. It sounds yummy!

    Reply
  41. lori butler
    October 7, 2016 at 7:15 am (1 year ago)

    I would make the chicken penne. sounds all so yummy

    Reply
  42. Soozle
    October 7, 2016 at 7:33 am (1 year ago)

    I would love to make some homemade mac and cheese!

    Reply
  43. Amy Heffernan
    October 7, 2016 at 7:35 am (1 year ago)

    I would make a casserole!

    Reply
  44. Christine Murray
    October 7, 2016 at 10:06 am (1 year ago)

    Pasta salad. My daughter loves pasta salad. Thank you for giveaway.

    Reply
  45. Wanda Tracey
    October 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to try a chickpea pasta and cheese bake or a spiral taco cheese meal
    for my family.I bet the chick peas would be great!!

    Reply
  46. Gillian Morgan
    October 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make grilled chicken alfreado.

    Reply
  47. Erin W
    October 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make yummy homemade macaroni and cheese!

    Reply
  48. l p
    October 8, 2016 at 12:05 am (1 year ago)

    mac and cheese. thanks

    Reply
  49. missbobloblaw
    October 8, 2016 at 4:08 am (1 year ago)

    I could see myself making a cheeseburger pasta bake with Chickapea Pasta!

    Reply
  50. Elizabeth Vlug
    October 8, 2016 at 7:31 am (1 year ago)

    I know I am going to have leftover turkey at Thanksgiving (and again at Christmas) so I would love to try the Chickapea Pasta with Sprouts, Cranberries and Leftover Turkey/Chicken. Looks delicous and simple. Thanks for sharing and of course the giveaway

    Reply
  51. Athena
    October 8, 2016 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

    Chicken penne

    Reply
  52. Erika Letson
    October 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to try and make Chicken Alfredo. Thanks for the chance!

    Reply
  53. Melinda
    October 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make Chicken Penne!

    Reply
  54. SweetPanda
    October 9, 2016 at 8:45 am (1 year ago)

    I would love to make seafood pasta with lots of black pepper

    Reply
  55. leanne
    October 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make chicken Alfredo.

    Reply
  56. Krista M
    October 10, 2016 at 7:55 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make Cheesy Chicken Penne with Alfredo sauce!

    Reply
  57. Jenny Major
    October 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make chicken alfredo

    Reply
  58. Amber Y
    October 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to try making a Greek pasta salad with the chick pea pasta!

    Reply
  59. M
    October 11, 2016 at 12:03 am (1 year ago)

    I would make Chicken Penne!

    Reply
  60. Tammy Dalley
    October 17, 2016 at 6:49 pm (1 year ago)

    I would make chicken lasagna!!

    Reply
  61. Melinda Jana
    October 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Chicken pesto with penne

    Reply
  62. Monique L.S.
    October 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm (1 year ago)

    i would make Chickapea pasta with cajun shrimp alfredo.

    Reply
  63. KellyPC
    October 20, 2016 at 6:50 am (1 year ago)

    I’d make cheesy baked rotini!

    Reply
  64. joy
    October 23, 2016 at 11:29 am (1 year ago)

    macaroni and cheese! or a pasta salad!

    Reply
  65. Stephanie
    October 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to make Chicken Penne with this!

    Reply
  66. Tava
    October 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm (1 year ago)

    I’d love to make Minestrone – I bet it would be delicious with Chickapea pasta!

    Reply
  67. Ryan B
    October 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm (1 year ago)

    I don’t make recipe dishes, I just throw thins together.
    One dish I really loved though was pasta and Shrimp, so good!

    Reply
  68. Nate Fuller
    October 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm (1 year ago)

    A basic meat sauce is about all I can make but I would love to try it with some new pasta!

    Reply
  69. Nicole Jubleew
    October 28, 2016 at 12:10 am (1 year ago)

    I would love to try making a penne bolognese dish.

    Reply
  70. tanyab79
    October 29, 2016 at 11:03 am (1 year ago)

    Chicken alfredo

    Reply
  71. Valerie Mallette
    October 29, 2016 at 11:39 pm (1 year ago)

    I’d love to make a cheesy penne dish using Chickapea Pasta.

    Reply

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