Skillet Taco Macaroni

"A quick skillet meal. Only 1 skillet to wash...woohoo! A kid-pleaser at my house."
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  • In a large skillet, brown and crumble the ground sirloin with the chopped onion until no longer pink; drain excess fat, if desired (there shouldn't be that much if you've used the extra lean ground sirloin).
  • Return cooked beef/onions to skillet. Add the tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, dry macaroni and seasonings. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover tightly and simmer for 12-15 minutes (stirring once or twice) or until macaroni is tender.
  • Add milk and cheese and stir well, until cheese is smooth and melted.
  • Serve.

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  1. Amber
    I used shells instead of elbow macaroni because it's what I had on hand. Turned out pretty good!
  2. Alayne B.
    Very good. Felt it was missing a little something, so I added red and wine vinegar, tomato paste, and a little hot sauce for kick. Tasty!
  3. LonghornMama
    Fast, easy, and everyone enjoyed it. Used a can of Rotel and the higher amounts of spices, also Mexican oregano rather than dried cilantro. Thanks for the recipe!
  4. FrVanilla
    This recipe is pretty good. I love that it doesn`t use packaged taco seasoning. I agree with others that it needs a bit of changes to be amazing. I will play around with it and am sure it will end up on my keeper list. Thanks for the great idea.
  5. Fantastical Sharing
    I thought this was an amazing meal. Very good!


  1. bmcnichol
    My boys LOVED this. My youngest ate THREE helpings! He told me this was the best meal I have made in a long time :) I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't add the cayenne pepper as I don't like things too spicy. For me, I thought it was still a bit spicy, the rest of my family told me I was a whimp (which I am when it comes to hot and spicy LOL). I also used Dreamfield pasta and dried onion flakes instead of the small onion. I also stayed on the safe side and used 1/2 tsp of cumin- I figured if it needed it - I could add later. This was very easy to put together after work. I will be making this again!
  2. dolfinzz97
    We really liked this. I omitted the dried cilantro, and used chili powder instead of cayenne pepper. My only recommendation would be to add a can of corn. Thanks for good, easy recipe!
  3. BlueRidgeMama
    This is really good, and my young children like it too, which is always a plus. The only thing I did different was to use my own taco seasoning mix instead of the spices. However, I had to switch everything to a dutch oven when i added the macaroni. There is NO way all this will fit in a skillet(unless you have a REALLY big one). It makes a TON of food, enough for 3 meals for DH and two preschoolers. Anyway, yummy and inexpesive......a defininate keeper! Added note: I made this again, but with diced cooked chicken instead of ground beef. Also delish that way!
  4. PaulaG
    I made half a recipe for DH and I. The half recipe made 4 generous servings that is really a husband and busy wife pleaser. I used ground turkey in place of the sirloin and cheddar cheese. Great dinner for a late night at work.
  5. HEP MEP
    I probably shouldn't have made this on the hottest day of the year so far, (it was 92 in our house) but I did.We all liked the taste, and I liked how easy it was to but together.Instead of mac, I used mini lasagna noodles, and for half of the water I used chicken broth. Oh - and ground chicken instead of beef. I will be making this again - on a cooler day! Thanks.



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