Thursday 24 September 2015

One Pan Mexican Pasta

September has been kicking my ass.  When I have time to cook, it's going to be quick, and if I can pull it off while dirtying only one pan...well, that's a win-win.

This one pan Mexican pasta dish fits the bill.  Quick, easy, delicious.  And only one dirty pan.

The ingredients are simple, and you probably already have them in your pantry and freezer.

Brown some ground beef and onions, season, stir in the remaining ingredients, wait for the pasta to cook, and eat.  

One dirty pan.  Awesome.

One Pan Mexican Pasta


1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp pepper
3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup salsa, homemade or store-bought
1 ½ cups chicken broth
1 (28 oz / 796 ml) can diced tomatoes
1 (19 oz / 540 ml)can black beans, rinsed
1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels


Scramble fry ground beef with diced onions.  When beef is cooked and onions are translucent, add garlic and spices.  Stir.  

Add remaining ingredients, stirring well to combine.  Bring to a gentle boil.  Ensure the pasta is covered by liquid and allow to simmer, covered, until pasta is cooked through.  Stir occasionally while simmering.  If the liquid is absorbed before the pasta is cooked, add a small amount of water to the pan.

If you can resist eating this straight out of the pan, you can garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado or cilantro, but it's seriously yummy just the way it is :)

Looking for more one pan meals?  How about Italian sausage and peppers?

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  1. I am trying this tomorrow! It looks so delicious and easy.

  2. Pinned to my Mexicn Recipe board. Hope you have a great weekend. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  3. That looks really nice and yummy x

  4. I love one pan meals! Cleanup is sooooo much easier.

  5. I am totally likely to decide on what to cook based on how much effort the clean up will be. I'm adding this to my arsenal...errr recipes.

  6. This looks so good. And I love the fact that you added corn to the mix. Thanks for sharing.

  7. It's great to see you back with your recipes Jenn - I always love reading them and seeing the photos. This is another good one from you and I need to pin it! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  8. Now this is my kind of dish!! I'm a big Mexican food fan and love love love seeing new stuff! I too seem to barely have time to cook and absolutely love my quick easy meals, my crockpot is my bestie! I need to try this soon! Thanks for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday!

  9. Oh friend! You don't know how much I needed this post!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Love one pan meals. Love pasta. Love Mexican. This sounds like a winner. Pinned!

  11. this looks amazing!! and I am a BIG fan of only dirtying one pan. mostly it just looks delicious though.

  12. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at the Recipe Swap.

  13. One pan dishes are great and this looks delicious. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks so much for partying at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  14. Hi Jenn,
    You mexican pasta looks delicious and perfect for dinner.

  15. I love the simplicity of this dish #2usestuesday

  16. This looks so delicious, Jenn! I'm pinning and can't wait to try it!

  17. I'm with you there - quick, easy, and delicious always wins the day! And with only one pan to clean - definitely a good thing. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to checking out your recipe this week. :)

  18. This looks delicious, one pot meals are great! x #CookBlogShare

  19. Your recipe looks similar to one I made often for my kids, I am featuring your post on my Friday Features this week. Would love to have you stop by and link your other lovely posts.

    Have a great weekend! Karren

  20. This looks so good, and I love that it's only one pot. My children will love this.

  21. Your Mexican dish looks great. One pan, how can you go wrong.
    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday,

  22. Oh wow Jenn, this looks and sounds so amazing. Seems easy enough to do as well!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  23. Looks so good--easy too! Thanks for sharing at #OMHGWW.

  24. This looks delicious and easy! One I'm saving for the family! Thanks for sharing at Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

  25. Thanks for tomorrow nights dinner idea! I have harvested so many tomatoes and peppers from my garden and made this huge batch of salsa which would be perfect to put in this. The only ingredient I have to pick up is the macaroni! Score! Thanks for sharing this with #foodpornthursdays.

  26. This looks SO good. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you can join us again this week.

  27. You had me at 'one pan' Jenn. That's my kind of meal lately. Less washing up and everything cooks together, quickly. Thanks so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursdays. It's always great to see you pop in each week. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  28. What a great one pot dish, we will love your One Pan Mexican Pasta. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  29. I love this recipe! It's in my next meal planning rotation! My kids will all be home for the holidays this year, and this looks like it'll feed the crowd! Thanks for sharing at Country Fair Blog Party!

  30. Thank you so much for sharing your post with us at the #AnythingGoes Link Party! See you next week.

  31. This looks yummy! I've been looking for quick and easy meal ideas, and I'm going to pin this and try this recipe! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

    1. I hope your family enjoys it, thanks for pinning!

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