14 Reviews

Husband asked for this recipe again, after only 1 bite. So simple, I couldn't even believe it?!

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Gidget265 February 03, 2012

This was really good! Filled with flavor and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing, this is going into our permanent rotation!

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MrsGeorge November 02, 2009

This is really delicious and thank you so much for the pasta recipe. I made this at school. It was quick and easy! The only thing we changed is adding steamed broccoli. We also made a gluten free/dairy free version. It was the best!

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lorieschwabe November 18, 2015

Outstanding!There is a restaurant here in Seattle called "Pasta Ya Gotcha" and they serve a dish called "Texas Tijuana Taco Penne". I have tried for years to replicate it and BINGO this is it. I only had about 10 ounces of penne and 2 cups of chicken, but made every thing else as called for (I did add about 1/4 cup more 1/2 & 1/2). It was quick, easy, and delicious. I topped it with some shredded cheddar, diced tomato, and cilantro, as they do at the restaurant. I am going to try it with ground turkey or chicken next time. I can't thank you enough Charmie777 for posting this recipe. I can now make it at home and it is something we all LOVE! In fact DH said it was better than the restaurants'! :D 5/11 I substituted the chicken this time. I browned 3/4 lb extra lean ground beef in step 2 and we loved it even more!! :) So glad I found this recipe because "Pasta Ya Gotcha" closed.

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JT'sMom May 11, 2009

I had two cups of shredded chicken in the fridge I needed to use up. I cooked the chicken and garlic together. I didn't have any half and half so I used beef broth and added a packet of taco seasoning. There wasn't enough sauce so I added another cup of beef broth, a cup of cheddar cheese and only about half of the pasta so I wouldn't use up all the sauce. I didn't add the butter. My family enjoyed it.

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bmcnichol August 18, 2008

What a great way to use the rest of my roasted chicken! I was concerned at first that there wasn't going to be enough taco season but it was just enough but not overpowering. Thanks so much for another family favorite!

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invictus June 08, 2008

I thought this was just great. I did have to make a couple of changes, though. I made 1 1/2 times the sauce and still was only able to use about 2/3 of the cooked pasta or it would have been to dry. I doubled the amount of taco seasoning and used a whole onion I cooked in butter before adding the garlic and chicken. Topped it all off with cheddar/jack blend of cheese. This is a great recipe and all of the family really liked it. I used a miniature corkscrew type pasta. Thanks for this one!

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AggieMom May 20, 2008

Yummy dish to use leftovers in! I would use more half and half or add in some salsa next time as the sauce wasn't enough for the pasta for us. Thanks, Charmie!

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SweetsLady May 13, 2008

Spring PAC 2008: I made this with leftover chicken and it turned out good!! Next time I will add another 1/2-whole packet of taco seasoning. Note: we also added a can of petite diced tomatoes and a can of mexi-corn to this dish - yum!

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Mom2Rose April 04, 2008

Had some leftover chicken meat, so whipped this up pretty easily. Used my own home-made taco seasoning which kept things even more budget-friendly. Halved the recipe for lunch with the two kids, and they LOVED it immensely. We used rotini pasta--very cheerful looking! Photo did not come out as well as my others--sorry!

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Debber August 25, 2007
Chicken Taco Pasta