|Dinner in $15| One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Have you guys heard of one pot meals before?

I’ll be honest, I’d heard of them, but was a skeptic. I mean, you’re telling me that I can make an entire meal in ONE pot at the same time and it will taste good?!

No. Way. Dude.


Now I’m a believer!

You guys, this pasta dish is SO yummy!

I’m definitely looking forward to trying some more one pot recipes in the future! They are so convenient and easy on the wallet! Less than $15 to feed my family of 5!

You can find the original recipe here, I changed it up a bit by adding some kidney beans because I always like to give a recipe my own flair. Am I the only one?

If you have a favorite one pot dinner be sure to let me know in the comments!

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

A simple + quick + yummy dinner recipe!


  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 ounce Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Box Rotini Pasta
  • 1.5 Cups Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans
  • As a garnish Fresh Cilantro


Preheat a large deep skillet over medium heat.
Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally until cooked thoroughly. Drain grease.
Stir taco seasoning into ground beef then stir in water, beans and pasta noodles.
Bring mixture to a boil.
Stir, cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cook for about 15 minutes until pasta is tender.
Turn off heat and stir in cheese.
Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Garnish with cilantro and serve.


Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 4 – 6


Ground beef: $4.02

Pasta: $1.00 (on sale)

Taco Seasoning: $.97

Shredded Cheese: $2.99

Kidney Beans: $1.25

Total: $10.23 + tax [On budget! Yay!]

Dinner in $15 is a series that focuses on budget friendly + {mostly} healthy recipes for the family costing $15 or less. 

Happy eating! 



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