This comforting one-pot pasta dish has a Southwestern kick. Chili powder and pico de gallo flavor the dish, while melted Mexican cheese adds a creamy finish. Top it with your favorite fixings like scallions, cilantro and sour cream, and serve it alongside a crisp green salad for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, May 2020


Recipe Summary

20 mins
35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef and onion; cook, stirring, until the beef is just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Add water, pico de gallo, pasta and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 13 to 15 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and sprinkle cheese over the mixture; stir until melted. Top each serving with scallions, cilantro, tomatoes and/or sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

467 calories; protein 29.1g; carbohydrates 46.8g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 7.7g; fat 20.1g; saturated fat 8.2g; cholesterol 75.7mg; vitamin a iu 703.7IU; vitamin c 5.8mg; folate 43.7mcg; calcium 226.3mg; iron 4.4mg; magnesium 92.2mg; potassium 490.5mg; sodium 698.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Do almost the same but iften use a pack or half a pack of taco seasoning, depending on heat of salsa or of taco pack. Sometimes sub cut up grilled chicken, especially if I have leftover or just some I need to cook. Also usually shred my own cheese as it seems to melt better. My family likes plain Greek yogurt better than sour cream, or veggies only esp if for lunch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious and since I am cooking every single day these days I really appreciated the one-pot format--less cleanup! Read More