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 (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 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° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. 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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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'."

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!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"I am cooking this Yummy"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

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

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

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

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