One Pan Enchilada Pasta


Tonight for dinner I tried a recipe I found on Pinterest, here’s the link.

Here’s the recipe from her site.


  • 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 of a small onion, diced
  • 1.25 pounds of taco seasoned ground turkey meat or 1.25 pounds of lean ground beef and packet of low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 19oz can of red enchilada sauce
  • 8oz (about 2 1/2 cups) of dried rotini pasta
  • 2 cups of freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • green onions
  • black olives


  1. In a large skillet or sauté pan, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil over medium low heat until softened.
  2. Add ground turkey meat and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon until browned.
  3. Once turkey meat is cooked through, add pasta, chicken broth and enchilada sauce to pan.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduced heat to low and cover.
  5. Cook on low, with pan covered for about 15 minutes.
  6. Then remove lid and let simmer for additional 5 minutes until pasta is tender and sauce has reduced.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese.
  8. Top pasta with additional cup of cheese and melt under broiler for a minute or tow, or place lid back on pan and let heat from the pasta melt the cheese.
  9. Garnish with black olives and green onions.

I cooked my hamburger first so that my pan would already be greasy from the hamburger (even though i drained it) and I could save my olive oil for Chicken Fried Rice later this week. Then I pushed my hamburger to the side of the pan so I could sauté my garlic (I don’t use onions often because I won’t eat them). My minced garlic says, 1 tsp = about 1 fresh clove of garlic.


After I sautéd the garlic, I added water (just enough to mix but not enough to need to cook off) and the taco seasoning and stirred everything together. Then I added the pasta, enchilada sauce (I measured it out) and the chicken broth.



I let a lot of the water boil off and stirred it gently so it wouldn’t spill. I don’t have lids for my cast iron skillets. =( After the liquid was down and the noodles were cooked I emptied everything into a bowl (because I am still learning how to use cast iron and i don’t like cheese in them!) and let everyone add cheese and olives on their own.

Bowl of one pan enchilada pasta.jpg

I liked the flavor, but it was too spicy for me! I’ll have to make sure I get the lowest level of hotness next time. Husband rated it a 5! He doesn’t like Mexican food, but he says this wasn’t bad.






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