Taco Macaroni and Cheese Recipe


Indulge in a fusion of flavors with this tantalizing Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe. This dish combines the creamy goodness of classic mac and cheese with the zesty spices of tacos, creating a dish that’s sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 packet (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, sliced black olives, chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef or turkey over medium heat until browned and no longer pink. Drain any excess grease.
  3. Add the taco seasoning mix, diced tomatoes, and diced green chilies to the skillet with the cooked meat. Stir well to combine and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to make a roux.
  5. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken.
  6. Reduce heat to low and gradually add the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, stirring until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, cheese sauce, and taco meat mixture. Stir until well combined.
  9. Transfer the macaroni and cheese mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  11. Serve hot, garnished with your favorite toppings such as sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, sliced black olives, or chopped cilantro.

Enjoy the delicious blend of cheesy goodness and taco flavors in every bite of this Taco Macaroni and Cheese!

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