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Slow-Cooker Taco Pasta

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Slow-Cooker Taco Pasta
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 6
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Too busy to cook but craving some good old fashioned comfort food? Our slow-cooker taco pasta combines pasta with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, taco seasonings and chile cooking sauce for a simmered-to-perfection hearty dish.

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
cup water
2
tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix (from 1 oz package)
1
can (14.5 oz) Mexican Style diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4
cup finely chopped white onion
1
garlic clove, finely chopped
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, soften, cut into 1-inch pieces
8
oz medium shell pasta (from 16-oz box)
2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
Chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  • 1 In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, stir beef, water, taco seasoning, tomatoes, onion and garlic until well blended.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours.
  • 4 Cook pasta as directed on box; drain. Uncover slow cooker; stir in cream cheese until melted. Stir in pasta and shredded Cheddar cheese until well blended.
  • 5 Cook uncovered on High heat 7 to 9 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Tips  

If you want to add some spice to your Slow Cooker Taco Pasta, try topping the finished dish with your favorite spicy salsa.

If you happen to have any leftovers, pack it up right away for an easy lunch to take to work the next day!

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
(
Calories from Fat
260
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
44%
(
Saturated Fat
14g
72%
,
Trans Fat
1g
)
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
950mg
39%
Potassium
380mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
40g
13%
(
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
,
Sugars
3g
)
Protein
30g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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