I created this with ingredients I had in the pantry, and it turned into a family favorite!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in ziti and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add onion and green pepper. Cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes; remove from skillet. Place chicken into the skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Combine salsa, cream cheese, and taco seasoning in a saucepan over low heat: cook until cream cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine ziti, chicken, salsa mixture, black beans, corn, and onion mixture in a large bowl. Add 8 ounces Cheddar cheese; mix until combined. Pour into a baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; top with remaining Cheddar cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Mexican cheese blend can be substituted for the Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts

835.9 calories; 43.1 g protein; 71.1 g carbohydrates; 152.7 mg cholesterol; 1501.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2017
Been a member for years and while I've made alot of fantastic recipes from this site...this is the first I've reviewed. I normally only try recipes with hundreds of reviews but decided to give this one a shot. So glad I did!!! My picky husband and 2 yr old loved!! Made exactly as written!! Truly delicious!! Thanks so much!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/10/2018
Very good meal made it for dinner. I followed the instructions to the T but for a personal reference I'm going to be taking a few items out. Overall my fiance and I enjoyed cooking this dish together fill us up. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 148
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2017
Been a member for years and while I've made alot of fantastic recipes from this site...this is the first I've reviewed. I normally only try recipes with hundreds of reviews but decided to give this one a shot. So glad I did!!! My picky husband and 2 yr old loved!! Made exactly as written!! Truly delicious!! Thanks so much!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2017
Been a member for years and while I've made alot of fantastic recipes from this site...this is the first I've reviewed. I normally only try recipes with hundreds of reviews but decided to give this one a shot. So glad I did!!! My picky husband and 2 yr old loved!! Made exactly as written!! Truly delicious!! Thanks so much!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2018
I typically don't give 5 stars to recipes that I tweak a bit but this was incredible. I followed a few suggestions and changed the following: used whole wheat penne (store didn't have ziti), halved the cream cheese and added sour cream, chopped the veggies, and added pasta water and chicken broth as others recommended. I also made my own taco seasoning (recipe can be found on this site). Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2017
I switched out half of the cream cheese for sour cream and left the salsa out as well. It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2017
We loved this dish. Even my picky husband :) Made exactly as written with one addition: I added 1 1/2 - 2 cups of the pasta water to avoid it becoming to pasty. This worked perfectly. I'll def. be making this again! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2018
Everyone, especially my 2 boys, loved this. As reviews suggested I added chicken broth and mixed 8oz of sour cream with just 8oz of cream cheese. My family couldn’t get enough. Will definitely make again. Possibly with beef...my kids idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2017
Excellent. I stirred in about a cup of chicken broth before baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2017
yes.the whole family loved this recipe. I think chopping the pepper and onion would be better. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2018
I've made this a few times, every time I do it seems I am surprised by how yummy it is! Now one of my favorite recipes, definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2019
It was so delicious!! I made it weight watchers friendly so I used 1/3 fat cream cheese and fat free cheddar cheese. Only 6 smart points per serving and it’s a huge portion!! I will definitely make this often and I’m probably going to freeze some because it’s a lot of food. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/10/2018
Very good meal made it for dinner. I followed the instructions to the T but for a personal reference I'm going to be taking a few items out. Overall my fiance and I enjoyed cooking this dish together fill us up. Read More
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