Thursday, October 2, 2014

Enchilada Pasta 1 Pot Meal

This is a 1 pot enchilada pasta dish that everyone will love. With a combination of ground beef or chicken breast, taco seasoning, rotel, black beans, cheddar cheese, pasta, garlic and onions, this is the perfect meal for during the week, yes and one pot only. And this one is sure a crowd pleaser.

My entire family loves Mexican food, and I am always looking for new ways to make dishes besides tacos. This is perfect, its filled with protien from the meat and beans, and makes enough to feed a large crowd, you can also half the recipe if you are only feeding 2-3 people. This not only looks great, it tastes amazing too..

5 Tablespoons  olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, chopped small
2- 12-19 oz. enchilada sauce
2 (10 oz.) cans Rotel
2 C. water you may need to add 1 additional cup of water if needed 
4 Cups pasta Rotini , I like that pasta because the sauce sticks in all the swirls
1 package of taco seasoning 
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 pounds ground beef, or chicken breast ( I used Ground beef in this recipe)
3 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Desired toppings: Sliced Scallions,sliced olives, diced roma tomatoes, sour cream and chopped cilantro 


1. In a large pot, cook ground beef until no longer pink and drain then set side. Or if using chicken breast cook chicken, until no longer pink slice and set aside
2. In the same large pot, heat olive oil on medium high heat, then add onions and garlic and let brown while stirring occasionally, do not let garlic brown.
3. Add enchilada sauce, Rotel and water. Bring to boil.
4. Add pasta and taco seasoning. Stir, on high heat, cover and let cook for 5-7 minutes or until al dente, now if you think you need  more water you can add it at this time..
5. Add black beans and beef or chicken, stir and let cook for 5 more minutes or until pasta is cooked.
6. Stir in 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese then remove from heat.
7. Serve in a bowl or plate then sprinkle the final 1 1/2 cups of cheese over the top and serve and add your favorite toppings, green onions, olives, Roma tomatoes , dollop of sour cream and cilantro, etc. 

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