HEAT oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. ADD onion, jalapeno, and ground beef and SAUTE until ground beef is well browned and onion is translucent. DRAIN excess fat, if necessary. ADD taco seasoning and SAUTE until ground beef is coated. ADD pasta, salsa, chicken broth, diced tomato paste, corn and black beans. BRING to a boil then SIMMER for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. TOP with avocado, diced tomato, cheese or cilantro, if desired.
Nutrition information per serving: 448 calories; 69.7 calories from fat; 7.9 g fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 46.9 mg cholesterol; 1102.2 mg sodium; 65.9 g carbohydrate; 11.2 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 30.8 g protein