Homemade taco hamburger helper

Homemade taco hamburger helper

Homemade taco hamburger helper

I first saw a version of this taco pasta on Pinterest, and immediately pinned it as something I wanted to make. When Michael and I first tried it last week, we thought it was pretty good — it actually reminded us a lot of hamburger helper. I liked that the recipe was quick and easy, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Updated 09/17/12: I made this recipe again, using leftover taco meat (already seasoned) and diced tomatoes in place of the ground turkey and salsa. I replaced the taco seasoning in the recipe with chili powder, cumin, onion and garlic powders, and a sprinkle of dried thyme. I omitted the cream cheese, and transferred to a 8″x11″ baking dish to keep warm (~300 degree oven) until serving. We ate it with cottage cheese and salad… delicious!

Homemade taco hamburger helper
(Serves 3-4)
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza (Adapted from Plain Chicken and Delish)

  • 8 oz dried pasta (I used medium shells)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1+ cup salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of pasta water.

Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey in a large skillet until nearly cooked through. Add the chopped onion and garlic and finish cooking the turkey. Stir in the salsa, taco seasoning, and bay leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the cooked pasta, reserved water, cream cheese, and sour cream to the skillet. Stir well and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce is well-blended. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Top with cheddar cheese and serve.

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