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Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta

Have you ever tried making pasta in the slow cooker? You should try this incredible Slow Cooker Taco Pasta Bake! Super flavorful and a great dinner idea.

This is a super fun dinner idea that the whole family will love. It’s one of those amazing comfort slow cooker recipes that you can’t get enough of. This is definitely one of our favorite ways to use the slow cooker.Hey there, my fellow foodies! Today, I’m bringing you a dish that’s going to rock your culinary world: Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta. Imagine the comforting goodness of pasta meeting the bold flavors of a taco—all cooked effortlessly in your slow cooker. With ingredients like ground beef (or turkey), peppers, salsa, and a touch of heavy cream, this recipe is the epitome of a hearty, family-friendly meal.

FAQs Can I use a different kind of meat?

Absolutely! While the recipe calls for lean ground beef, ground chicken or turkey works just as well for a lighter option.

Can I make this vegetarian?

Of course! Substitute the ground beef with a plant-based alternative and use vegetable stock instead of beef stock.

What kind of pasta should I use?

Elbow pasta is used in the recipe, but feel free to use any other pasta like fusilli, penne, or even spaghetti. Just keep an eye on the cooking time.

Can I put dry pasta in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can definitely put uncooked pasta in the slow cooker! I’ve cooked all kinds of pasta in the slow cooker. It takes some time to get it just right but very little attention is necessary on your part. This easy recipe will become a family favorite and it is a great crock pot recipe for busy weeknights.

Tips and Tricks

  • Meat Texture: For an enhanced texture, consider browning the ground meat and onions in a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker. Pasta Timing: To avoid mushy pasta, cook it separately and mix it in during the last 15-20 minutes of cooking time in the slow cooker. Cream Last: Add the heavy cream or half-and-half last to prevent it from curdling.
  • Variations
  • Spice It Up: Add some jalapeños or red pepper flakes for an extra kick. Cheese Galore: Use a Mexican cheese blend instead of cheddar for more depth in flavor.
  • Where to Serve

    This dish is perfect for casual family dinners, potlucks, or even as a unique option for Taco Tuesday. Serve it with a side of garlic bread or a refreshing salad.

    Is taco seasoning gluten free?

    Taco seasoning mix can contain gluten or be labeled gluten-free, depending on the brand. Be sure to check!

    How long does it take to cook pasta in the slow cooker?

    It takes about 2-2 1/2 hours on HIGH, or 3-4 hours on LOW.

    Do I need to cook the meat before putting it in the slow cooker?

    No, you can cook your ground beef and/or turkey right along with all the other ingredients. You do not have to pre-cook anything! This will be one of your favorite slow cooker taco pasta recipe.

    The great thing about this creamy taco pasta is that the entire family will love it! You can even top this delicious meal with a dollop of sour cream, white onion, green pepper or even shredded cheese.

    What ingredients do you need for this Slow Cooker Taco Pasta?

    • lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
    • yellow onion diced
    • diced pepper (I used yellow and orange)
    • garlic minced
    • taco seasoning
    • salsa or taco sauce
    • beef stock
    • cooked pasta (I used elbow)
    • shredded cheddar cheese 
    • heavy cream or half and half
    • Sour cream, fresh cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and/or avocado for garnish/topping

    It’s one of those great recipes comfort food that is great for busy days. This taco stew dish is even better the next day! You can use a medium pasta shells, I used elbows.

    A great way to use your slow cooker for a “quick meal” with a little prep time of course. You won’t need any black beans, tomato sauce or enchilada sauce. This is one of the best slow cooker taco pasta recipes!

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    Why This Recipe Works

  • Ease of Preparation: The slow cooker does most of the work, making it perfect for busy days. Versatility: It can be easily customized to suit vegetarian, spicy, or cheesy preferences. Family-Friendly: With familiar flavors and the fun of custom toppings, it’s a hit among kids and adults alike. Nutrition Balance: With veggies, protein, and dairy, it’s a well-rounded meal in a single pot.
  • Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta Bake
    Yield: 6-8 servings

    Easy Slow Cooker Taco Pasta Bake

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 6 hours
    Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

    This slow cooker taco bake recipe is so good and easy to make. It will be an instant family favorite!


    • 1-pound lean ground beef 
    • 1 small yellow onion diced
    • 1 cup diced pepper (I used yellow and orange)
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
    • 1 cup salsa or taco sauce
    • 3 cups beef stock
    • 12 ounces cooked pasta (I used elbow)
    • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
    • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
    • Sour cream, fresh cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and/or avocado for garnish/topping


    1. Spray the slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray. 


    1. Step 1: Add the ground beef to a large frying pan. Cook until the pink is almost gone. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the cooked beef mixture to the slow cooker insert. 
    2. Step 2:  Add the beef broth and taco seasoning to the slow cooker. 
    3. Steps 3-4: Add in the peppers, salsa or taco sauce, and cooked pasta to the slow cooker. Stir until combined.
    4. Step 5: Cover and secure the kid and set the slow cooker for 2-4 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low.
    5. Step 6: Open the slow cooker and add the cream and shredded cheese. Stir to combine everything together. Close the lid for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
    6. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 73mgSodium 671mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 7gSugar 5gProtein 25g

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