Fiesta Macaroni Recipe

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When time is short, Sandra Castillo relies on this family-pleasing main dish. "It's so easy to fix, and everyone loves the zesty flavor that the salsa and chili beans provide," comments the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin cook.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 10 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 473 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Drain macaroni; set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine salsa and cheese. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Stir into the skillet; add the macaroni and beans. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Fiesta Macaroni in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p9

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Rrashad User ID: 8041867 78012
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"easy and tastes great!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 85273
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"We thought this was good but needed something more. I may try making again with some mexicorn or black olives and perhaps top with sour cream before serving."

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