Taco Mac & Cheese

"I came up with this recipe on a night when I was super exhausted after work but wanted to at least attempt to cook something for dinner. This is quick, easy, and delish!"
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  • 7 14 ounces Kraft macaroni and cheese (1 box)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 14 cup skim milk
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 14 ounces taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • 1 tablespoon louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter (seperate from the first 4)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese (shredded)


  • Make box of macaroni and cheese as directed.
  • Meanwhile, brown ground beef and drain.
  • Add taco seasoning/water.
  • Simmer meat mixture for 5 minutes.
  • While simmering, add 1 tbsp hot sauce and 1 tbsp butter. Mix well.
  • Drain meat.
  • Add meat to macaroni and cheese, mix well.
  • Add shredded cheddar cheese, mix gently 'til melted.
  • Serve! YUM!

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  1. Treva W
    This reminded me a lot of hamburger helper, but it was better. My kids loved it & I was able to quickly make it with things I had on hand. Thanks!
  2. Wyoming Mom
    I made this for a family dinner and the kids LOVED it. My daughter requests this now every week. Even my one-year-old niece gobbled it up. Quick and easy. Definately a keeper.
  3. Shylah
    My family and I enjoyed this recipe. It is super quick and yummy!
  4. drinkmore
    Thumbs up from this family! Followed the recipe exactly except reduced taco seasoning to half a package. Didn't think we missed out on any flavor. Just like another reviewer, this does taste like hamburger helper. Thanks!
  5. JOY1998
    This was so easy to make. I wasn't sure what to make for a quick dinner. I am in the middle of holiday baking and this was a quick fun, fresh meal that can be made with items I had at hand. I made it with lean ground turkey. Great recipe Megs. I definitely will make this again and I highly recommend this recipe. It is very good.


  1. frogs77
    Super easy recipe made simpler... Brown the ground beef, drain. Add pasta to the beef and 2 cups of hot water. Mix in all the remaining ingredients except grated cheese and cover. Pasta absorbs all the liquid and saves you an additional messy dish.
  2. codeblusqrl
    I liked how easy this was to throw together! My son's a hot sauce kinda guy, and he LOVED it! I can tell this will be a regular meal in our house. We used Velveeta instead of cheddar cheese though, and it came out great.


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