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Fiesta Macaroni Recipe

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. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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