One Pot Creamy Taco Pasta

One Pot Creamy Taco Pasta - Very little cleanup + an easy, kid friendly meal + SO delicious = a shining weeknight win!

This delicious dairy-free one pot pasta has very little cleanup, is an easy, kid friendly meal, and is SO delicious. A shining weeknight win!


  • 1 pound short pasta, we used shells
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 10 oz can mild rotel
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • Cilantro (optional topping)


  1. In a large pot, brown your ground beef over medium high heat with olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper
  2. When browned, add your onion and garlic and saute until the onion has softened slightly. Add your taco seasoning and stir to combine
  3. To this, add your tomato paste, stir to combine, and cook for a few minutes
  4. To this, add your rotel, chicken broth, pasta, and season well with salt and pepper
  5. Stir to combine, bring to a simmer, and simmer until the pasta is cooked through. Stir occasionally. (This took about 20 minutes for me)
  6. Meanwhile, make your cashew cream. In a high powered blender, add your cashews + 3/4 cups water. Blend for 30 seconds – 1 minute or until totally smooth. If you don’t have a high powered blender (like a vitamix or blendtec), boil your cashews for ten minutes and then drain and add the boiled cashews + fresh 3/4 cups water to the blender and blend until smooth
  7. When your pasta has cooked through, add your cashew cream and drained black beans. Stir to combine and season to taste! (You can substitute about 1/2 cup of whole milk, half and half, or heavy cream for the cashew cream if you are okay with dairy)
  8. Top with cilantro (optional)