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Santa Fe Skillet

Santa Fe Skillet

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

As a mother who works full-time, I’m always looking for quick, easy meals to prepare. This is a timeless recipe. —Lorie VanHorn, Waddell, Arizona

Santa Fe Skillet Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package (6 ounces) four-cheese corkscrew pasta mix
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, optional


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; crumble meat; drain. Stir in the pasta, contents of seasoning packet, salsa, water, chili powder, salt and cayenne.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Stir in tomatoes; sprinkle with olives and cheese. Cover and simmer until heated through, 3-4 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 287 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 1061mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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