Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  2. 1 pound ground beef

  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  5. 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  6. 2 cups (one 16-ounce jar) chunky tomato salsa

  7. 3/4 pound cavatappi

  8. 2 teaspoons lime juice or red wine vinegar

  9. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley

  10. 6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups) lime wedges for serving

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the salsa and simmer over low heat to allow the flavors to combine, about 10 minutes. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cavatappi until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce, lime juice, cilantro, and 1 cup of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and serve with wedges of lime if you like. Salsa Selection: There are several brands of salsa on the market today. Choose according to your taste (mild, medium, or hot) and pick one of high quality; the finished dish will only be as good as your salsa. A smoked-chile variety would be a delicious possibility to try.


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