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Taco Pasta | Mesa de Vida

Servings 4 -6 servings


  • 12 oz pasta of your choice (regular, whole wheat, chickpea, gluten-free, or veggie pasta) any size/shape will do, but short shapes (penne, ziti, rotini, farfalle, rigatoni, oriecchette, cavatelli, conchiglie, gemelli, casarecce, etc.) are preferred for this type of thick, rich, "meaty" sauce
  • 1 lb ground meat, or meat substitute, of your choice
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Inspired Recipe Starter and Seasoning Sauce
  • salt to taste our recipe starter sauces are extremely low in sodium so you can control the salt to your own taste preference/health needs.
  • Optional: 2 large handfuls of baby spinach (for a boost of nutrition and greens)
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sliced olives, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, or fresh chopped onion


  • Get the pasta on to cook according to manufacturers instructions. When fully cooked, drain fully.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the meat/meat alternative, and pour in your jar of Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Inspired Recipe Starter and Seasoning Sauce. Add about 1 Tb of water to the empty jar and shake to get all of the thick, rich concentrated flavors out! Add salt to taste.
  • Cook, stirring often and breaking up the meat/meat alternative, until the meat is fully cooked, and the sauce is thick and rich, about 10 minutes. *Optional: Stir in a couple of handfuls of baby spinach after the meat is cooked and wilt into the sauce, which takes about 1 minute.
  • Toss the hot cooked pasta with the "meaty" sauce, add toppings of your choice, and enjoy!
Keyword 20 minute meal, Beef, pasta