Crock Pot Rotel Pasta

Crock pot Rotel pasta makes a great weeknight dinner or potluck item because it's easy, hearty, and so delicious. Ground beef, onions, bell peppers, and macaroni shells are combined with a cheesy tomato sauce to make a dish that satisfies everyone.

When it comes to weeknight dinners, you can beat anything loaded with beef, cheese, and macaroni shells. Dishes like this pasta are frequent fliers on our family's dinner table, and it's no wonder why. When you can make something so easy and hearty, why wouldn't you?

Crock Pot Rotel Pasta

Why You’ll Love Pasta With Rotel

  • Budget-Friendly: Like so many of my recipes, this dish is made with just a few simple, affordable ingredients.
  • Easy: It's a crock pot dish, so you know it's easy!
  • Hearty: This is a beefy, cheesy dish loaded with pasta, so everyone leaves the table full and satisfied.
  • Great for Meal Prep: It's freezer-friendly and reheats well, making it perfect for meals later on.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: Ground beef is the heart of the dish, adding flavor, protein, and heft. You can easily substitute it with ground turkey for a dish lower in saturated fat.
  • Vegetables: Onions and bell peppers are classic vegetable pairings with beef, especially in bakes or casseroles.
  • Rotel: Rotel tomatoes add a kick of flavor with their signature diced green chilies.
  • Cheese: Mild cheddar and Velveeta make this dish extra cheesy and rich.
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How To Make Crock Pot Rotel Pasta

1: Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain and add it to the crock pot.

2: Add the vegetables, seasonings, Rotel tomatoes, and cheese. Then, cover and cook until the dish is completely heated through and the cheeses have fully melted.

3: Cook the macaroni shells according to the package directions for al dente just before the beef mixture is finished.

4: Add the milk and pasta and mix until fully coated. enjoy!

Flavor Variations

  • Spicy: Add red pepper flakes or cayenne for a kick of heat.
  • Tex-Mex: Use chorizo in place of ground beef for a south-of-the-border flavor.
  • More Vegetables: Try adding mushrooms, corn, or canned beans for more flavor and texture.
  • Onions: Use different types of onions to add a different layer of flavor to your dish. Yellow onions tend to be the sweetest. White onions are less so but mild. Red onions are tangy and have a pronounced bite.
Crock Pot Rotel Pasta

Recipe Tips

  • ALWAYS drain your ground beef after cooking it, even if it appears to have no grease. Even lean ground beef releases some fat as it cooks, and you don't want that in your dish.
  • Don't add the milk until the end of the recipe. It's how you adjust the thickness of the sauce. Add more or less, depending on your preference.
  • It's very important to cook the pasta only to al dente. It needs a bit of firmness to hold together when it's mixed into the dish.

Hint

Your ground beef is fully cooked when it's no longer pink. DO NOT cook it any longer or it will get tough and rubbery.

Storage

Refrigerate this dish for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

To reheat the dish, place it in a saucepan or pot and cook it over medium-low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Crock Pot Rotel Pasta
PREP TIME  10minutes 
COOK TIME  2hours 
TOTAL TIME  2hours  10minutes 
COURSE  Main Course
CUISINE  American
SERVINGS  6
CALORIES  833 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Your Favorite Crock Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium green pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 16 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese cubbed
  • ½ cup milk
  • 16 ounces medium shell pasta

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large skillet, brown the hamburger until it is fully cooked. Drain off excess fat and add to the crock pot.
  • Add onion, green pepper, garlic, black pepper, Rotel tomatoes, Velveeta, and cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined.
  • Cover and cook on low or for 2 hours.
  • Cook pasta to al dente per directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  • Add milk and pasta, then mix until fully coated, and enjoy!

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