Macaroni Taco Bake Recipe
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Macaroni Taco Bake Recipe

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Comforting mac and cheese with a touch of taco flavoring and tortilla-chip crunch…no wonder kids love it! Moms will love that it's ready in no time flat and isn't expensive to make. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 packages (7-1/4 ounces each) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 597 calories, 33g fat (17g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir in salsa; set aside.
  2. Spread macaroni into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with beef mixture, chips and olives; sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until heated through, 15-20 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Macaroni Taco Bake in Simple & Delicious September/October 2009, p33

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Mike marsha User ID: 8953754 264330
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"easy to make satisfying for even the picky eater in the family. Great recipe."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 254819
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"Great dinner for the kids, they loved it! We left out the olives because we are not olive fans in my house."

wolfman1856 User ID: 7095873 253664
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"The chips got very chewy! But the few without cheese were fine"

asnunez User ID: 2408742 145140
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This is good, but we found it to be VERY VERY dry when making the recipe "as is". I will make it again but will "play with" the recipe a bit to make it more 'moist'."

ChefessBethany User ID: 6217752 183475
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"I made this for my husband and me, only with a few alterations, I substituted chicken for the hamburger and seasoned it with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder (healthy taco seasoning, without so much sodium), I used a full two cups of salsa, I added a generous amount of cheese dip to the macaroni and cheese, before I added the chips, I sprinkled some chili powder on top of everything, then I added chili cheese fritos and then the shredded cheese! Believe me, try it this way and your taste buds will sing your name forever!"

denaleecriddle User ID: 7257857 145139
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"I am cooking this Yummy"

mpertler User ID: 6313046 115818
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"easy and delicious! I also used taco seasoning for the meat. Can't wait to make it for the office"

rhobleymattson User ID: 4757695 106916
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"I will try this recipe soon. Great job Besty!! I"am for Duluth too:)"

JeanRye User ID: 3782648 172244
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"My husband is not a face of Macaroni & Cheese, so I put Taco Seasoning in the ground beef and made it by the directions, (minus the M&C) and put the shredded cheese on top. He loved it and told me to make it again. I used elbow macaroni for the pasta. Thanks for a quick and great receipe."

GranMarion User ID: 4541988 115816
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"I have made this twice from the recipe. But I also made it using left-over tacos from those places that sell them filled in either hard or soft shells. I put the macaroni over canned black beans, drained, and insted of doing the filling, placed the tacos over the mac and beans and swam them in enchilada sauce and the salsa, with the cheese on top. Great way to use the leftovers. And it all began with this recipe."

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