Mexican-inspired flavors of black beans, taco seasoning, and cilantro spice up this easy and colorful pasta casserole made with cooked chicken and Tex Mex-style shredded cheese.

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10 mins
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6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add yellow onions and peppers; cook 3 to 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in seasoning mix and tomatoes; cook and stir 3 min. Add chicken, beans and half each of the green onions and cilantro; mix well. Remove from heat.

  • Drain pasta. Add to chicken mixture; mix lightly. Pour into 13x9-inch baking dish; top with cheese.

  • Bake 20 to 25 min. or until pasta mixture is heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and cilantro.


Serving Suggestion: Serve topped with sour cream and salsa.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (2 cups (500 mL)) : 530 calories, 13g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 65mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate, 7g dietary fibre, 7g sugars, 34g protein, 20%DV vitamin A, 70%DV vitamin C, 25%DV calcium, 30%DV iron.

Nutrition Facts

637 calories; protein 36.9g; carbohydrates 79.2g; fat 22.9g; cholesterol 68.3mg; sodium 636.2mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (48)

Rating: 4 stars
Enchilada Pasta Bake Haiku: "Wow, this makes a ton! (I used spirals, and not shells.) Nice, make-ahead meal." I prepped this for a crowd of kids chowing dinner b4 trick-or-treating, since it was a basic, not too spicy, noodle dish. It was gobbled down (well, they left plenty of room for Halloween candy), and w/ plenty of leftovers for the adults, since this made ALOT. My personal taste resulted in me adding hot sauce, since it was on the mild side, but for ease of preparation, and for items typically on hand, it was a dinner success. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very delish! It's simple and quick to make. I used hot & spicey taco mix. I would suggest that if you like it hotter. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I thought that this bake was pretty good, and a quick weeknight meal. My boyfriend hates buying the mixed spice packs because they are a rip-off, so we concocted our own tace seasoning, and it turned out great. Two cups of cheese seemed like a lot to put on the top of this bake, so we only did about a half cup, but if we were to make it again would use a whole cup because it does bake down into the casserole. Very delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was awesome! My husband and I both loved it. I added a couple things based on the other reviews. Since some people said it was a bit dry, I added about a quarter cup of cream cheese to the tomato mixture. I also added a can of sliced black olives and some crushed red pepper, and topped off my plate with some avocado. Next time, I'll try it with sour cream and salsa. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was very easy and yummy. I used ground turkey instead and added some salsa as well to make it more "saucier". Everybody loved it, would be a great potluck dish too. Serve with sour cream and salsa too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this for church Christmas social, it was a hit! I did add 8 crushed dried cayanne peppers to it for a kick, as i felt it was a tad bland. The salsa n sour cram was a nice touch to an already yummy dish. Will make again for home & church socials! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Taste was good, but it was a little dry. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good and easy. Took it to work one night and did not last long at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! My husband and I ate half the casserole tonight! Will definitely need to make a double batch if cooking for more than 4-5 people. Read More