Spicy Ground Beef Taco Pasta – Vegan, Vegetarian – or Not!


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This is Hamburger Helper level easy & surprisingly yummy.  It can be made with real ground beef or a vegan variety like this from Trader Joe’s:


I found this brand to be a very convincing fake ground beef.

You can make this with real cheese or vegan cheese – or no cheese at all as it really doesn’t need it.

But before I get into THAT – I want to get into THIS!


I wrote a novel!  Yes, yes – I did!  It is currently in production & should become available through online outlets (like Amazon) sometime after mid-January.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day!  So all you bitter kiddies out there can read the HILARIOUS love misfortunes of the heroine – Ruby Fitzgerald.  Buy the book & curl up with it & a box of wine & get ready to read the FUNNIEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN.  Yes.  I used those words.  I am very confident that anyone who reads of the alcohol-driven, bad decision making of Ruby Fitzgerald WILL laugh – literally out loud – several times.

OK – back to food.  This is tasty & easy & excellent comfort food when you want to throw something together fast.


Spicy Ground Beef Taco Pasta – Vegan, Vegetarian – or Not!

Serves 2


1/2 lb dry pasta (but not Barilla brand – as they are homophobic)

12 oz ground beef (vegan or otherwise)

1 onion – diced

1 bell pepper (mine was orange) – diced

1 jalapeno – seeded & diced

Olive oil

1 10 oz can Rotel (or other diced tomato – or fresh tomato diced)

1 7 oz can chiles (or to taste) – chopped

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chipotle chili powder (or cayenne)

1 TBS dry oregano

For garnish

scallions – sliced

fresh cilantro

Fresh tomato – diced


Sliced jalapeno

Grated cheese – vegan or otherwise





Cook the pasta according to directions.  Drain & set aside.

If using real meat – cook it up in a skillet & set aside.

Otherwise – heat a TBS or two of olive oil in a frying pan.  Saute the onion, jalapeno, bell pepper & green chiles until soft over medium heat.  Add the Rotel & the meat (vegan beef or cooked ground beef) and the dry spices.  Heat through.




Add the pasta & stir to incorporate.  Serve with garnishes of your choice.  See?  EASY!

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4 thoughts on “Spicy Ground Beef Taco Pasta – Vegan, Vegetarian – or Not!

  1. I finally made this (I rarely cook). I had to use store-brand Rotini because that’s all they had besides Barilla. I cooked it in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat and it was so scrumptious that I ate it for breakfast! Whatever’s left will be lunch tomorrow. Thanks so much!


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