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Easy Turkey Taco Pasta – Dinner in Under 30 Minutes!

With this easy Turkey Taco Pasta recipe you can have a hearty and delicious dinner on the table in under 30 minutes!

Turkey Taco Pasta with Penne.

When we visited my sister over winter break, she effortlessly planned and prepared dinners for us during our stay. We didn’t eat one meal out.

One evening, she prepared a taco pasta recipe she found on Pinterest, but instead of using ground beef, she substituted lean ground turkey.  It was oh so yummy!

So I pinned it! And then I tweaked it.

The recipe called for a packet of taco seasoning, but I decided to revamp turkey taco penne by using spices I already had in my pantry to make the seasoning.

This served two purposes:

  1. to help with my goal to wean our family off of many of the processed defaults in cooking
  2. practice frugality by using ingredients I already have on hand.

It turned out really, really good!

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I basically just used my Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix recipe, which you can make in bulk and then it’ll be just as convenient to use as packaged seasoning.

Of course, you may want to use packet seasoning anyway If that’s the case, then just omit the ingredients from paprika to pepper and carry on.

Browning ground turkey in frying pan.

Also, feel free to switch out the turkey for ground beef – whichever is on sale or already in your freezer. Both are delicious in this recipe!

As always, if you like things more spicy, just use hot salsa and amp up the chili powder or throw in an extra teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Yield: 4 Servings

Easy Turkey Taco Pasta

Turkey Taco Pasta with Penne.

With this easy Turkey Taco Pasta recipe you can have a hearty and delicious dinner on the table in under 30 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 8 oz cooked penne pasta
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 Tbs Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbs Cumin
  • 1 tsp arrowroot
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • shredded cheese optional


  1. In large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink and onions are tender.

  2. Mix in garlic and cook for 45 second to 1 minute.

  3. Mix in the salsa and seasonings and let simmer for 3 - 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in cooked pasta, cream cheese and sour cream.

  5. Continue stirring until cream cheese is melted and all ingredients are well blended.

  6. Serve topped with shredded cheese.

  7. Garnish with sour cream and salsa if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 980mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 37g

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