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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Taco Pasta Toss

This was super yummy and the kids loved it!! I added black beans for good protein and cut down to 1/2 lb. of beef.

salt and pepper
1 pound penne rigate or whole grain penne rigate pasta
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 pound grond beef sirloin (i halved the meat)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large jalapeno chile - halved, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 - 14.5 oz. can of black beans
1/4 cup tomato paste
one 12-ounce bottle beer or 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cups shredded cheddar, monterey jack or any Mexican semisoft cheese
2 small plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 head iceberg lettuce or 1/2 small heart romaine lettuce, chopped

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.

2. While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add three-quarters of the onion, the jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, coriander and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the drained and rinsed black beans. Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute, then stir in the beer/stock.

3. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss. Spoon into a serving dish, top with the cheese and tent with foil to melt the cheese, about 1 minute. Top with remaining onion, the tomatoes and lettuce - just like tacos!

Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine
March 2010


  1. Dude, this one looks awesome! You could even substitute lentil for the beef to make it vegetarian. Yum!

  2. awesome idea Dude! It IS really good!


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