Enchilada Pasta is a dish that’s packed full of my favorite enchilada flavors and is ready in under 30 minutes. Mexican food meets comfort food and becomes an easy weeknight meal.
Do you love pasta but need something other than Spaghetti?
I don’t know about your home but in my home pasta dishes are a staple. They’re easy to make and they’re perfect as leftover lunch the very next day. But there’s only so many times that you can eat spaghetti. So, in an effort to try something fun and different, I decided to make an enchilada pasta and holy crap, IT WAS A HIT!
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. It’s just so quick and easy, and I make sure that we always have these ingredients on hand. Sometimes, when life happens you just need something quick and easy!
When Life Throws You A Curve Ball
Like me and this past week – it has not gone as I had planned; at all!! But I do have hot water. That’s right y’all, last Friday we lost water! You see apparently, we have sprung a leak somewhere. We noticed that our hot water was cooler than normal. So, I had planned to call our landlord on Friday but got busy at work. Next thing I know Miss Emma is calling me telling me that the gas company is at our house telling her we have used an unusual amount of gas lately. 20 minutes later they red tagged our water heater because the burner hadn’t stopped. He, the gas tech, assumed there was an issue with the water heater. So, I text the landlord…he is in New York on vacation, so he has his buddy handle this issue.
The Buddy, Dean, calls me and arranges to come over on Saturday morning. I am ok with that because one (1) night without hot water is livable. Saturday morning comes and he decides we have a leak underground, somewhere under the floor of our garage. And then proceeds to turn our water off. He tells me that this is above his skill set and needs to call an actual plumbing company. Great! I hear nothing the rest of the day; nothing on Sunday…mind you we still have no water. Monday, I call Dean and ask nicely when I will have a repair completed and have water again. Dean panicked! So finally, the plumber calls me, and they will be out on Tuesday. One more day without water. Needless to say, being new to Flagstaff we don’t know a lot of people here and don’t want to impose on people. So, at this point we are considering renting a hotel to bathe. Heating hot water on the stove is beginning to get old.
Still No Water
Tuesday comes and they can’t find the leak, nor do they want to jack-hammer the garage floor. So, we will run new lines to the main switch valve in the house. Now, not only do I still not have water, but I have major holes cut into the drywall of our home in the garage, downstairs bathroom and kitchen areas. AND they can’t finish the job today and will be back sometime tomorrow. I lost it! We had been 5 now going to be 6 days without water. Needless to say I lost my lady-like composure and the bitch in me came out! So, they ran a temporary line for overnight. As of this moment I now have running and hot water – Life is good! We will see how long it takes to get the new lines placed properly and the drywall fixed…but at least after a stressful time like this I am able to come up with a quick and easy one dish meal!
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- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 pkg taco seasoning
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 19 oz can of red enchilada sauce
- 1 box of dried rotini pasta or a pasta of your choice
- 3 - 4 cups of freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese
- 2 Roma tomatoes diced
- Cilantro chopped
- 1 can black olives whole or sliced
In a large skillet add oil and heat over medium, sauté garlic and onions.
Add beef and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon until browned and cooked through.
Add pasta, chicken broth and enchilada sauce to pan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Next remove lid and let simmer for additional 5 minutes (until pasta is tender and sauce has reduced).
Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of cheese.
Top pasta with remaining cheese, place lid back on pan and let the heat from the pasta melt the cheese.
Garnish with black olives, cilantro and chopped tomatoes.