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This one-pan vegetarian taco pasta has all your favorite taco flavors in one dish! Spicy Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa is the key to this easy, flavorful recipe!

taco pasta in a skillet

I think my family and I could eat tacos every day. There’s just something comforting about the familiar flavors of black beans, corn, salsa, and cheese. This vegetarian taco pasta takes all those delicious flavors and combines them in an easy one-pot pasta recipe!

taco pasta in a skillet

For this recipe, I used Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa which adds just the right amount of spicy flavor! I also used the Green Mountain Gringo® Original Tortilla Strips as a crunchy topping to add a deliciously salty flavor! I’ve been buying Green Mountain Gringo® products for years and I love that they have truly clean ingredient labels. They recently developed a proposition for those that want to eat delicious foods, and expect a healthy option, to “Check Out Our Backside.” Get it? Don’t be afraid to read the back of the package to see their list of clean ingredients! Check out their store locator to see where you can find Green Mountain Gringo® near you!

How to Make Taco Pasta

Add the elbow pasta, water, salsa, black beans, corn, and spices to a large pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 8-9 minutes or until the pasta has absorbed the water.

taco pasta in a skillet

While the pasta is still warm, stir in the cream cheese and sprinkle with freshly shredded cheese. Stir then let sit for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.

taco pasta in a skillet with cheese on top

Once the cheese is melted, top with chopped avocado, crushed Green Mountain Gringo® Original Tortilla Strips, and additional salsa.

taco pasta in a skillet
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taco pasta

Vegetarian Taco Pasta

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This one-pot vegetarian taco pasta has all your favorite taco flavors in one meal! Spicy salsa is the key to this easy, flavorful recipe!


  • 8 oz elbow pasta
  • 16 oz Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or canned)
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed Green Mountain Gringo Original Tortilla Strips
  • Additional salsa for topping


  1. Add the the elbow pasta, Green Mountain Gringo® Salsa, broth, black beans, corn, cumin, and paprika to a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue to simmer uncovered,  stirring frequently for 8-9 minutes or until the pasta has absorbed the water.
  3. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Top with avocado and additional salsa before serving.

Keywords: vegetarian taco pasta

taco pasta in a skillet

Taco Pasta Side Dish Ideas

Looking for some tasty side dishes to serve with this taco pasta? Here are a few of my favorite sides!

mexican street corn salad

How to Reheat Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, divide into portions and microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until heated. Alternatively, you can reheat in a skillet on the stove. You may need to add a splash of water or broth if the leftovers dry out while heating. I recommend waiting to add the avocado until you’re ready to eat. Do not heat the avocado or it can become bitter.