Mexican Goulash – A Taco Pasta Skillet

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Mexican Goulash is a fun spin on our favorite American Goulash recipe made with macaroni, ground pork sausage, sour cream, and tomatoes. This Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is perfect for the whole family on a busy night.

I love a quick, skillet meal because I’m almost always pressed for time in the evenings.  The kids are hangry – you know hungry and angry, and most nights, we have some type of sport practice or club meeting that we need to be at.

Skillet meals are the perfect solution since you only have one big pan to clean afterwards. Plus, skillet meals tend to be quick and simple to make.

This Creamy Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is no exception, and you can have it on the table in 30 minutes.

Creamy Taco Pasta Skillet

This skillet meal has just a handful of ingredients. It’s essentially a goulash recipe with a Mexican spin, and my family loves any type of saucy goulash recipe.

The taco part of this goulash recipe comes from the combination of onions, green peppers and tomatoes, while sour cream makes this one pan taco pasta creamy and saucy.

While this recipe is popular today, it’s actually been around for a long time.  Back in the day, they called it a Mexican Luncheon Recipe.

I found the original recipe in my 100 Years of Good Cooking – Minnesota Centennial Cook Book. Apparently, moms have been making quick dinners like this Mexican Luncheon for a long time, and their families have been enjoying hearty homemade meals.

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Ingredient List for Taco Pasta Skillet

Ground Pork Sausage

Onion, diced

Green Pepper, diced

Tomatoes, diced

Sour Cream

Elbow Macaroni

Water

Sugar

Chili Powder

How to Make Mexican Goulash with Macaroni

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for Mexican goulash with macaroni, scroll the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground pork sausage, diced onion and green pepper.
  2. Once browned, add diced tomatoes, sour cream, sugar, chili powder and water.
  3. Cover and simmer over low for approximately 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through, stirring occasionally.

What can I make with ground sausage other than biscuits and gravy?

While there’s nothing wrong with biscuits and gravy, there’s endless options for other ground pork sausage recipes.

Whether it is a breakfast casserole or a hearty soup, sausage is a great addition to so many dishes. Check out our 10 favorite ground pork recipes.

  1. Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup
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  3. Savory Sausage Rice Casserole 
  4. Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage
  5. Potato Sausage Casserole 
  6. Easy Pancake Sausage Casserole
  7. Broccoli Cheese Soup with Sausage
  8. Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole 
  9. Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip
  10. Tuscan Soup with Kale and Sausage

Notes About Mexican Goulash – A Taco Pasta Skillet

  • Use mild, medium or spicy ground pork sausage based on your preference.
  • Ground pork sausage is also called bulk pork sausage and it is most often found in the breakfast meat section of your grocery store.
  • If the sausage is extra greasy, drain it before adding the tomatoes and other ingredients.
  • Substitute canned, diced tomatoes for fresh tomatoes. Do not drain the canned tomatoes, and omit the extra water in the ingredient list.
  • Hamburger could be substituted for ground pork sausage, but you may want to add some additional spices.
  • Taste the taco pasta skillet, and add more salt, pepper or chili powder if more flavor is needed.
  • Any color of pepper can be used.
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Mexican Goulash - A Taco Pasta Skillet

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy taco pasta, ground pork sausage recipe, mexican goulash, mexican goulash with macaroni, mexican luncheon, taco pasta skillet
Servings: 6 people
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage (bulk)
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced (see notes for alternative to fresh)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, brown ground pork sausage, onions and diced peppers. (If extra grease, drain excess.)
    Mexican Goulash is a fun spin on our favorite American Goulash recipe made with macaroni, ground pork sausage, sour cream, and tomatoes.  This Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is perfect for the whole family on a busy night.
  • Add diced tomatoes, sour cream, uncooked macaroni, sugar, chili powder and water and stir.
    Mexican Goulash is a fun spin on our favorite American Goulash recipe made with macaroni, ground pork sausage, sour cream, and tomatoes.  This Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is perfect for the whole family on a busy night.
  • Simmer covered over low heat for 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
    Mexican Goulash is a fun spin on our favorite American Goulash recipe made with macaroni, ground pork sausage, sour cream, and tomatoes.  This Taco Pasta Skillet recipe is perfect for the whole family on a busy night.

Notes

  • Use mild, medium or spicy ground pork sausage based on your preference.
  • Ground pork sausage is also called bulk pork sausage. 
  • If the sausage is extra greasy, drain it before adding the tomatoes and other ingredients. 
  • Substitute canned, diced tomatoes for fresh tomatoes, if desired.  Do not drain the canned tomatoes, and omit the extra water in the ingredient list.
  • Hamburger could be substituted for ground pork sausage, if needed.  Taste the taco pasta skillet, and add more salt, pepper or chili powder if more flavor is needed. 
  • Any color of pepper could be used. 
  • Love traditional Goulash? Try this tasty hamburger goulash recipe. 

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