This one-pot paleo taco pasta is a simple and delicious weeknight meal made with ground beef. It’s paleo, gluten-free, and can be made AIP.

Paleo One-Pot Taco Pasta

One-pot pastas have been a hit over here in the Hoover household, and on the blog! They’re so easy to make, they’re filling, and there are so many ways you can make them. Pasta doesn’t have to always be red sauce and meatballs! Not convinced? This one-pot taco pasta is here to change your mind!

This one-pot taco pasta is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and can even be made AIP-friendly with a simple swap.

The Ingredients for One-Pot Taco Pasta

  • Ground beef. I love cooking with ground beef for easy and cost-effective meals.
  • GF Fusilli pasta. To make this paleo, you can use Jovial cassava fusilli! It’s paleo, AIP, and only made from cassava flour.
  • Salsa. The pasta is cooked with salsa from a jar and water for that delicious taco flavor! I used a mild salsa that I got from Sprouts and my husband loved it. You can adjust to taste. For AIP, you can easily use this AIP enchilada sauce for a similar flavor.
  • Onion, garlic, black olives, cilantro, lime and avocado. Some yummy taco fixings to tie it all together.

How to Make One-Pot Taco Pasta

  • Brown the ground beef.
  • Saute the onion. 
  • Cook the pasta & sauce: Add the beef back to the pot and stir in the water, salsa, and pasta. Stir well to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, bringing the pot to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 12-15 minutes, stirring often, until the pasta is cooked through and the sauce is reduced. See notes in the pasta needs more time to cook to your liking.
  • Add the fixings: Stir in nutritional yeast to taste, lime juice, avocado (or reserve if saving for later), black olives, and green onion. Serve fresh.

How do you make this AIP?

Rather than using salsa, you can use this homemade AIP enchilada sauce. Of course, the flavor is different, but it’s still a great swap to keep it nightshade-free.

Can you leave out the nutritional yeast?

You can! It just gives a cheesy flavor.

Can you use something other than ground beef?

You very likely can use ground turkey and it should work just fine, though I haven’t tried that swap myself.

What else can you add to this?

You can easily switch this up to your taste with your own favorite taco fixing, such as…

  • Jalapeno
  • Black beans (if tolerated)
  • Cheese & sour cream (if tolerated)

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One Pot Paleo Taco Pasta


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This one-pot paleo taco pasta is a simple and delicious weeknight meal made with ground beef. It’s paleo, gluten-free, and can be made AIP.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, omit for AIP
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cup gluten-free fusilli pasta (use this for paleo/AIP)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa (I used Sprouts mild salsa. See notes to make it AIP)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp green onion, chopped

Instructions

  1. Use a large, deep pot to brown the ground beef and season with salt, pepper and oregano. Set aside, leaving about 2 tbsp of fat in the pot.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes or until lightly translucent.
  3. Add the beef back to the pot and stir in the water, salsa, and pasta. Stir well to combine.
  4. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, bringing the pot to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 12-15 minutes, stirring often, until the pasta is cooked through and the sauce is reduced. See notes in the pasta needs more time to cook to your liking.
  5. Stir in nutritional yeast to taste, lime juice, avocado (or reserve if saving for later), black olives, and green onion. Serve fresh.

Notes

To make this AIP, rather than using salsa, you can use this homemade AIP enchilada sauce. Of course, the flavor is different, but it’s still a great swap to keep it nightshade-free.

If the pasta needs more time to cook to your liking, add about 1/3 cup of water and simmer for 2-3 more minutes until the pasta reaches your desired doneness.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: One Pot
  • Method: Stove Top

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 429
  • Fat: 11.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.6g
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Protein: 33.7g

Keywords: one pot taco pasta, taco pasta