Tex Mex Skillet Pasta

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Tex Mex Skillet Pasta is tasty, filling and ready in less than 30 minutes!

Raise your hand if you like quick dinner recipes! I know, right, who doesn’t. I have good news, you’ll love this Tex Mex Skillet Pasta. It’s quick, convenient and really, really tasty.

Add a salad to your Tex Mex Skillet Pasta for a complete meal.

Tex Mex Skillet Pasta less than 30 minutes to this easy dinner recipe

Tex Mex Skillet Pasta in less than 30

I know this isn’t a mind-blowing recipe like Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding, Banana Pancakes and Caramel Cobbler. But, this is a very functional recipe and one that I make for my family over and over again. You’ll also like Tex Mex Pasta Casserole.

It’s a favorite in part because it uses pantry essentials, ingredients you should keep on hand so you can throw a meal together in minutes. Since February is National Canned Food Month, I thought it fitting to share one of my ‘go to’ pantry meals that uses canned vegetables! I keep my pantry stocked with many canned items for recipes like this for busy weeknights. The only item I had to purchase was ground turkey (you can use beef if you prefer).

Canned foods

Let me encourage you to stock basic canned fruits and vegetables in your pantry. Fresh is best, but don’t overlook canned items for convenience. They’re better and cheaper than fast food.

Canned items are the perfect solution since fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at their peak of ripeness and canned within hours. Canning is the best way to seal natural goodness and lock in nutrients. Additionally, canned foods mean less prep and year-round availability, which means you’ll use (and eat) them more! It’s a win-win!

Tex Mex Skillet Pasta - 30 minute meal, easy recipe

Tex Mex Pasta

I can make Tex Mex Skillet Pasta from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. Any recipe that comes together that quickly goes on my #weeknightdinner list. When you have homework, scouts, sports and meetings (and that’s just the boys!) quick is not a luxury. It’s a necessity even for a food blogger.

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Tex Mex Skillet Pasta

Tex Mex Skillet Pasta

Tex Mex Skillet Pasta is a new family favorite recipe. Not only is it tasty and filling, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.
Author: Paula
5 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 15 ounce can Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 15 ounce can corn drained
  • 2.25 ounce can black olives drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounce pasta any shape, uncooked


  • Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain.
  • In a large skillet brown turkey.
  • Add Manwich sauce, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir and simmer 2 to 3 minutes until sauce is warmed through.
  • Stir in cookied pasta, corn and black beans. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


  • You can substitute groun beef or chicken in this recipe.
  • You can substitute gluten-free pasta for regular.
  • Garnish and serve with 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup sliced green onions, if desired.


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Yum, Yum! I am all about tasty, filling and ready in less than 30 minutes meal!!! I can’t wait to try this delicious recipe with my family! Thank you for sharing! PINNED!

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