Tundra Taco Tini

I have some good friends who grew up with Hamburger Helper type meals and this is a favorite comfort food. So, I took Alaska Spice Shop’s Tundra Taco spice blend and created a healthier, tastier version. It’s a riff off a Chili Mac – but with Taco, not Chili, seasoning (a very specific request).  It’s a very easy recipe to make.

Time Estimate – 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • 1 lb organic 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 – 3 tbs Tundra Taco Spice Blend
  • 1 bunch of organic cilantro
  • 15 oz can organic black beans
  • 16 oz Salsa (jar or fresh)
  • 3 cups organic rotini pasta
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 cups organic Shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce


  1. Brown the hamburger in a large skillet. When it’s about half way done, mix in 1 tbs of tundra taco spice blend.
  2. Drain and rinse the black beans. Mix them into the cooked, and seasoned ground beef.
  3. Using scissors, cut the cilantro bunch into the spiced ground beef.
  4. Taste for spiciness level – if you want more spice, mix in 1 more tbs of Tundra Taco.
  5. Mix in the salsa. Taste again for spiciness level.  Add in another tablespoon of Tundra Taco if you want more spice.
  6. Boil 6 cups of water with 1 tbs salt.
  7. Add in 3 cups of rotini pasta.
  8. Cook for 7-10 minutes until it’s done.
  9. Strain the pasta and put in a large bowl
  10. Mix one cup of the cheese in with the pasta.
  11. Add the burger mix to the pasta and mix to coat the pasta.

Serving Suggestion

  1. Line a plate with 1/8th of the shredded lettuce.
  2. Put 1/8th of the burger/pasta mix.
  3. Top with 2 tbs of the shredded cheese.

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