Macaroni Taco Bake Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1-1/4 cups equals 597 calories, 33 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 991 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.
Reviews for Macaroni Taco Bake
"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'."
"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!"
"I am cooking this Yummy"
"Easy and delicious! I also used taco seasoning for the meat. Can't wait to make it for the office"
"I will try this recipe soon. Great job Besty!! I"am for Duluth too:)"
"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."
"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."
"this was so easy and soooo good!"
"This has been the biggest hit in my family for a quick supper. I have passed this recipe on to a dozen people and they all rave about it. The only thing I do different is I add an envelope of taco seasoning to the ground beef. It just gives it a little kit. Thank you for this recipe."
"Easy, and good. It tastes great as leftovers too!"
"Made this twice already! However I put almost 2 cups of salsa in. Very easy and good!"
"If I ever do try this recipe again I will doctor it up quite a bit. I think (Tomato soup) would be a great choice. I did add taco seasoning to the hamburger but it wasn't enough. Maybe green chilis or a hot salsa. It really needed something to give it moisture and zest it up.Too dry and too bland."
"We love this recipe and have made it many times. Instead of using taco cheese I take 2 cups of morrarella cheese and mix it with 1/2 bag of taco seasoning.For more flavor I use Doritos spicy nacho chips. I bake it the 15 min or until heated through. I serve with with bowls of sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes and sliced jalapeno peppers. My granddaughter who is 4 loves this dish she puts on everything but the jalapeno's."
" Mine turned out really dry, too. I am going to try using cheddar cheese soup and adding taco seasoning to the beef. I am hoping that will spice things up a bit. Overall, though, it is worth playing with to get it to be something my family likes even more than they did! "
"Made this last night. turned out REALLY good. i took the suggestions from the comments and i added a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup to the beef. i also added an entire jar of Pace SAUCE. its still chunky like salsa but has more liquid. i also added a cup and a half of frozen (and thawed) corn. turned out great!!!"
"Overall, we liked this casserole. I made it for the first time this evening. I took someone's suggestion and added one can of undiluted cheddar cheese soup to the hamburger mixture, and I increased the salsa to 1 and 1/3 cups. Other than that, I made it exactly as directed. I would reccomend this modification, otherwise I think it would turn out really dry. With the modifications, it was wonderful. It was easy to prepare and crowd-pleasing."
"I will make this again but it needs to have more liquid added. It was a little dry. I may try adding a can of cheddar cheese soup or more salsa. It smelled fantastic when it was baking."
"My husband loved this! I used a heaping cup of salsa, coarsely crushed my tortilla chips (not finely crushed), and used about 3 cups cheddar cheese instead of taco cheese. I enjoyed my serving with extra salsa on the side. This is a keeper! -Lori in WI."
"A bit too dry for my liking. I'd be willing to try it one more time covering the dish while baking, but not anytime soon."
"Pretty darn good. Easy to make and tasty to eat."