I make a taco salad pasta dish I affectionately call Mexican Mess or Micro Taco. I have no idea where the recipe came from.
The taco pasta is sort of like a Mexican-spiced Spaghetti with Meat Sauce … but once you add all the toppings, the similarity fades.
Stretching meat with pasta (or beans or tofu) has long been a strategy for poor folk (myself included) but it is also healthy by cutting red meat consumption. And using whole wheat or fiber-fortified pasta makes the dish even more nutritious.