One-Pan Enchilada Pasta

I have the newest addition to my line up of one-pot meal. This One-Pan Enchilada Pasta is absolutely delicious. This recipe is a combination of my Skillet Enchiladas and my One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole. Both of these recipes are reader favorites, and I know your family will love this one too. One-Pan Enchilada Pasta is a great weeknight dinner and is on the table in less than 30 minutes. The flavors of enchiladas with the family friendly comfort of pasta. This recipe is sure to make it into your regular rotation. Its just so quick and easy, and we always have these ingredients on hand.

One-Pan Enchilada Pasta



Start by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil. Then brown ground taco turkey meat, breaking up as it cooks. I use the Jennie-O Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey for this recipe. I really love the flavor and and we use it often for our weeknight taco dinners. If you can’t find the taco seasoned turkey meat, you can substitute plain ground turkey or ground beef and either use a low-sodium taco seasoning packet or your own taco seasonings from the cupboard. This recipe is really flexible!



One Pan Enchilada Pasta


Once the ground turkey is cooked through, add pasta, low-sodium chicken broth, and enchilada sauce to pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook covered on low for about 15 minutes. Then remove lid and cook uncovered for about 5 more minutes.

One Pan Enchilada Pasta


Then you have this absolutely delicious mixture. Techinally, you could stop right here. But I really think enchiladas need plenty of cheese!

One Pan Enchilada Pasta



Stir in 1 cup of freshly shredded cheese. I used Colby Jack because I love the way it melts! Then sprinkle additional cup of cheese on top. To melt the cheese, either run it under the broiler for a minute to two, or just cover and let the heat from the pasta melt the cheese.

One Pan Enchilada Pasta


Sprinkle with green onions and black olives, if you love them like me. My husband is not a fan of olives, so he takes his portion without.


One Pan Enchilada Pasta

When I was testing this recipe, I was not sure about the combination of enchilada sauce and pasta, but this is absolutely delicious! I’m so thrilled I tried this combination and I know your family will love it!


One-Pan Enchilada Pasta

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6

One-Pan Enchilada Pasta


  • 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.
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If you like this recipe, you may also like some of my recent favorites:

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

One Pan Chicken Alfredo

One-Pan Chicken Alfredo

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  1. This looks delicious! and so easy! =)
    Pinned to my Mexican Foods board.

  2. This is definitely going on next week’s menu! Looks so yummy!

  3. I made this tonight and it’s another winner! I am always so excited to see what you come up with next! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just made this and it smells awesome! Haven’t eaten it yet, but I can’t wait to, haha.

  5. I just made it too and it is delish! It’s like hamburger helper but better and for grownups. I added a little sour cream to mine which I thought was a yummy addition. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I made this tonight for dinner. Both my husband & I thought it was delicious!!! This recipe is a keeper!

  7. We make the skillet enchiladas and chicken alfredo at least once a month at our house. Looks like this is going in the rotation as well. Keep up the delicious work!

  8. Yum this sounds so tasty!! I love that it’s quick to make and only uses one pot – will be trying this soon!

  9. I made this today for the first time. I’m not much of a cook, but this was pretty easy and it came out great! I will definitely try out more of your stuff! Thanks so much!!!

  10. made this tonight.. so good! i added sour cream to top it off and it was wonderful! Hubby had 3 servings!

  11. Tina Tippin says:

    Wonderful comfort food. I too added sour cream just because I love it. A few dashes of tobacco sauce for me. Thank you for sharing your recipe and the love that went into it!

  12. Tina Tippin says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful comfort food!! I too added sour cream because I love it and plashed a few dashes of tobacco sauce for good measure. Wonderful. Definite addition to our menu cycle.

  13. I’m excited to try this out! I just want to confirm – you don’t cook the pasta beforehand? That is, it’s uncooked when it goes into the pot?


  14. Made this tonight and it’s so delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I vegetarian-ized it but I’m sure it’s delicious with meat, too!

  15. So delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Made this tonight with a few alterations; homemade enchilada sauce, black beans and corn instead of ground meat for a vegetarian version. Works well with whole-wheat pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I skipped the ground turkey and added a drained can of black beans while simmering the pasta. Great way to add protein and perfectly complements an already delicious recipe!

  18. Made this for dinner tonight and it was devine! Thanks for the recipe

  19. My family loved the taste of this meal and I loved how easy it was to make!

  20. This looks great and I cannot wait to try it. Especially since it’s going to get warmer outside and I don’t really like turning the oven on when it’s hot. The only question I have is about the chicken broth. Is it mandatory in order to make it work? I only ask because even with the low sodium everything, it can still add up. I was just wondering if it would make a difference in taste or texture if I decided not to add it.

    • Hi Jessica,

      You can try substituting the chicken broth with water, I think you will loose some flavor, but it would definitely be lower in sodium! Since you are cooking the pasta in the same pan, you should keep the liquid ratios the same for this recipe. Let me know how it goes!


  21. Are you suppose to drain out any grease from the meat or leave that in?

    • Hi Jen,

      In this recipe, I used ground turkey, which didn’t leave any fat to drain. If you are using a higher fat ground beef, you can drain off the extra fat if you prefer.

  22. HappyLuckyBlessed says:

    Making this right now – smells amazing! Will let you know how it goes… Can’t wait!

  23. christina says:

    A keeper for sure. Took suggestions from others and added corn and black beans. Also added red peppers, tomatoes, and jalapenos–a nice TeX Mex meal. Was still very liquidy after 15minutes, so had to boil longer. Adding plain Greek yogurt gives it the creaminess of sour cream but without the fat. Yum!

    • Sounds great! Yes, if you add veggies they will release water into the dish, so you would need to adjust liquids or the recipe like you did. Thanks for sharing!

  24. I am ready to make this tonight can you just clarify if the pasta goes in dry or do I cook it first? Thanks

  25. Just a quick question because I’ll be trying to make this for my girlfriend on our movie night. Can I just ask how I’ll make the chicken broth and is it okay if I just use a can of enchilada sauce? Thank you so much!! Just looking at the pictures makes me drool already :)

    • Hi there!

      You can find chicken broth on the canned foods aisle, next to the soups. Just follow the directions, and it will be great!!! Happy movie night!

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