Kristopher's Taco Macaroni Casserole.

READY IN: 45mins
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Recipe by Laci1093

This recipe was inspired by Derf's Belly Buster Recipe. It has been heavily modified in ingredients and procedure. I feel the recipe now qualifies as a new recipe. Thank you to Derf for the inspiration :D This version of the recipe is being named for my son Kristopher ( 13 at the time of writing ) who helped me tonight in making all the revisions. Thank you Honey!:D

Top Review by GaylaV

I am not rating as I made too many changes. However, just in case someone is looking to decrease the the fat and calories and increase the fibre this is what I did. I used lean ground beef, whole wheat pasta (penne) and low fat cheese. I made a half recipe and for two of us there was nearly 2/3 left. I think the servings per recipe is extremely generous. Served with a nice salad we could nearly get 6 servings from 1/2 casserole. I used hot and spicy taco seasoning because that is what I had. I thought it was perfect, my husband thought it was a bit spicy. I used diced tomatoes with peppers, onion and garlic, also because that is what I had. First, I have no doubt it would be better without my diet friendly substitutions but it was still good. I do look forward to enjoying the leftovers tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your recipe and glad that I was able to make it work for us.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (16 ounce) boxdreamfield's elbow macaroni (or Elbow Macaroni of Your Choice)
  • 2 lbs hamburger, Browned
  • 14 cup red onion, Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil oregano and garlic (Do not Drain)
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup (No Water , other Cream of Soup can be substituted)
  • 0.5 (1 1/2 ounce) envelopemild taco seasoning (or make your own)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 -4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or enough to cover casserole top)
  • salt and pepper (we prefer Kosher)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni "Al dente" approx 10 minutes.
  3. Brown hamburger with red onion and garlic.
  4. Drain fat.
  5. In a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add drained Hamburger.
  7. Add drained Macaroni.
  8. Add soup ( no water ).
  9. Add tomatoes with liquid.
  10. Add 1 Cup of Shredded Cheese.
  11. Add 1/2 Packet Mild Taco Seasoning.
  12. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  13. In mixing bowl throughly combine ingredients.
  14. Placed combined mixture into a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  15. Sprinkle the 2-4 cups ( Use more or less to your liking ) of shredded cheese over top of the casserole.
  16. bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbling around edges and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  17. Serve with Green Salad or Cucumber / Tomato slices on the side.

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