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Creamy taco mac

September 13, 2011
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Creamy Taco Mac

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to share this one.  My apologies for keeping it to myself when you all could be making a super easy and yummy meal on busy school nights.

I usually have all the ingredients for creamy taco mac in the fridge or pantry and can toss the whole dish together in short order.  And it really does taste like a taco!  You can adjust the taco seasoning to make it as mild or spicy as you like, but we think it’s great as is.  I typically double the recipe so there are leftovers for lunch too.

Recipe:  Creamy Taco Mac

(slightly adapted from Smells Like Home)

1 lb. lean ground beef
8 oz dry pasta + 1 cup reserved pasta water
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
4 Tbsp taco seasoning
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus 1/2 cup extra for serving (optional)
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta per directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water.

Over medium heat, brown ground beef until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Allow to simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, reserved water, cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheeses are melted and incorporated.  Simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Top with cheddar cheese and sour cream, if desired.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2011 9:49 am

    yum my boyfriend would love this! saving this recipe :) i love your blog!

  2. September 13, 2011 10:00 am

    A lovely comfort meal.
    Have a happy day.
    :-) Mandy

  3. September 14, 2011 4:59 pm

    Now that is some SERIOUS yumminess going on there in that pasta dish! Thank you so much for finally sharing it with us ;-)

  4. September 17, 2011 4:33 pm

    great batch of mac–it’s colorful and so flavorful and pretty healthful to boot!

  5. September 17, 2011 5:47 pm

    That looks fantastic! I wouldn’t think of combining macaroni with taco flavors but it’s actually a really good idea! Looks yummy!

  6. September 19, 2011 1:03 pm

    I will definitely have to try this out one– thanks for posting!

  7. Eleni permalink
    September 25, 2011 5:10 pm

    Yummy, cheesy deliciousness! That’s all I have to say about this haha.
    I love trying things off of this blog, they’re always a hit with the family.

  8. September 26, 2011 10:07 am

    Will have to try this one out for the lunchboxes this year. My kiddos love taco anything!

  9. October 11, 2011 3:06 am

    yum yum

  10. December 13, 2011 10:47 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. This made a lot for our family, who I’m not sure really loved it, so I’ll be eating the leftovers. Nothing of that is your fault- it was good for me to try something new for them. But I would say to others it does make a lot. I bet a lot of families would like this, too. I found you from The Big Red Kitchen Blog and her mason jar meals.

  11. Sis permalink
    August 29, 2013 2:49 pm

    My two girls are both moving home AT THE SAME TIME – *WITH* their combined children (6 kids total). They will be living with us until they find a place here to live. All this “meals in a jar” stuff seems like a wonderful way to get a variety of foods in the frig for school lunches and grab-to-go-look-for-jobs days. LOVE IT! Thank you for making your website!

  12. jenifer permalink
    September 4, 2013 8:28 pm

    Really good, this makes a lot though. Loved it, definitely will make again.

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