Mexican Pasta

by Kelli H. on November 30, 2011

Sometimes I like to mix different kinds of foods together. Mexican Italian fusion, ya feel me? Well, it’s hardly real Mexican or real Italian, but it is very tasty, comforting, and filling!

This recipe came together when I realized I was missing too many key ingredients for another meal I was planning. I had bought orecchiette rigate when I was at Whole Foods but didn’t really have a plan to use it. I’d never had that kind of pasta before. I also have no idea how to pronounce it. I’d just seen it floating around online and thought I better stay in the game! Hence, the pasta goes into my cart…Really though, this pasta worked wonderful for the dish because they were like mini bowls that scooped up the sauce.

Mexican Pasta

1 pound orecchietta rigate or a different small shaped pasta
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chile powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon corriander
1 (15 oz) can red mild enchilada sauce
1 (8 oz) can refried beans
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
6-8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Cook pasta according to package.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion until translucent; add in ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Add in garlic and saute 1 minute. Add in spices and combine. Pour in enchilada sauce and stir in refried beans until smooth. Stir in green chiles and simmer until pasta is done cooking or about 10 minutes. 
3. Mix sauce and pasta together. Serve and top with shredded cheese. 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Errign November 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love to mix cuisines too!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I’ve never tried Mexican pasta, but what’s not to love?


Made in Sonoma November 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

@Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers
My thoughts exactly!


Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog November 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

The pasta look delicious. I have been wanting to try mexican pasta. I might just make have to make some this weekend. 🙂


Jay December 1, 2011 at 2:46 am

hearty n irresistable..
happy following you..:)
do check out mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite


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