Creamy Queso Pasta Recipe Is a 30-Minute Mexican-Inspired Dinner by Donna John

Creamy Queso Pasta Recipe Is a 30-Minute Mexican-Inspired Dinner

What happens when you combine pasta and a queso dip-inspired sauce? A rich, creamy, badass queso pasta recipe, that's what. This easy Mexican pasta recipe is full of flavor and a filling, quick dinner

Taco-seasoned ground beef and cooked pasta is folded into a rich queso sauce. The easy queso sauce is made with fire-roasted tomatoes, cream cheese, processed cheese, cheddar cheese (lots of cheese!), chopped green chiles and heavy cream, milk or half and half. That's it. No baking involved! Everything cooks on the stovetop and dinner is on the table is 30 minutes.

Spoon the creamy, cheesy pasta into bowls or serve with your favorite side dishes. I served it with a salad dressed in avocado ranch salad dressing.

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Cuisine: Mexican/American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound ground beef (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 ounce (1 packet) taco seasoning (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 16 ounces short pasta
  • 14 ounces (1 can) fire-roasted diced tomatoes or tomatoes with green chiles
  • 8 ounces (1 box) cream cheese
  • 8 ounces (1 box) processed cheese loaf, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces (1 can) chopped green chiles
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, milk or half and half (optional)
  • optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, chopped avocado, chopped fresh tomatoes, fresh jalapenos

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Recipe Notes

  • I recommend using a fresh garnish on top to cut some of the richness (I used chopped red onion and fresh cilantro).
  • I used fire-roasted tomatoes, penne pasta and Velveeta cheese.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Cook the ground beef and chopped jalapeno in a skillet until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain fat. Add half the packet of taco seasoning (you'll use the rest in the sauce) and water. Cook, stirring, until the water evaporates, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain in a colander and reserve a little of the pasta water.
  3. To the same pot, add the tomatoes, cream cheese, processed cheese, cheddar cheese, remaining taco seasoning (2 tablespoons) and green chiles. Stir over low heat until thoroughly melted and hot. If it's too thick, add the heavy cream or some of the reserved pasta water (I used heavy cream).
  4. Put the pasta and cooked beef into the queso sauce. Stir to combine.
  5. Serve with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 557

Total Fat: 38.7g

Saturated Fat: 23.6g

Cholesterol: 136mg

Sodium: 1395mg

Total Carbohydrate: 26g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 6.3g

Protein: 26.7g

Vitamin D: 10mcg

Calcium: 525mg

Iron: 5mg

Potassium: 156mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John . This recipe combines the best of both worlds (Italian and Mexican foods, my faves). Yum!
Gypsy Jay
Looks delicious I want to try it but I cannot have nothing spicy I will have to make it without the chili 🌶️ will post update later

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