Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta

Welcome to my 7 year old life. Taco pasta bakes were the name of the game in the Dalkin house and 20+ years later not much has changed! Let’s make this┬áCheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta and call it a day!

Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta from (@whatsgabycookin)

Where do we even begin. This Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta has taco flavors, tons of salsa, some beans, and all the cheese. It’s my ideal meal for many reasons including the fact that it’s all made in 1 pot. EVERYTHING. And you can jazz it up as you see fit. Different shapes of pasta – yes please! Different flavors of salsa, go for it! No chicken, use turkey or ground beef! Want it to be a little chunkier, use black beans instead of refried beans. The list goes on and on.

Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta from (@whatsgabycookin)

But I can promise that whatever way you spin this, it’s going to be a crowd pleaser! Take the basic formula below and make it your own!! Enjoy.

Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 10-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans
  • 1 8-ounce jar chipotle salsa
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces pasta shells
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Fresh cilantro and green onions for garnish


  1. In a large shallow enamel skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and break it up with the back of a wooden spoon while cooking until no pink remains. Add the taco seasoning to toast the spices and stir to combine. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, salsa and Swanson Chicken Broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the pasta and simmer, until pasta is cooked through.
  3. Remove pot from heat, sprinkle the cheese on top (allow to melt if desired) and garnish with herbs

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  1. This recipe landed in my email today and proved to be a fabulous choice for our dinner tonight! Thank you, Gaby! This is simple tasty comfort food. We made the recipe as written with only one change, using finely diced (leftover) rotisserie chicken in place of the ground chicken. We were slightly concerned that all the ingredients would fit in our large cast iron skillet, but it worked with just enough room to gently stir. This would be a great recipe to serve for a pot luck too! Just transfer the cooked mixture to a larger serving dish, then add the cheese on top. It will be easier to transport and look just like the picture when you arrive.

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