Mexi-Mac Skillet Recipe
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Mexi-Mac Skillet Recipe

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This is the yummiest, quickest recipe I have. There’s no need to pre-cook the macaroni. Everything comes together in one smart skillet. —Maurane Ramsey, Fort Wayne, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 283 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 716mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles. Drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, water and seasonings; bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Mexi-Mac Skillet in Light & Tasty October/November 2007, p26

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amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 261353
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"I doubled the noodles and tomato sauce."

enderslove User ID: 5544956 259351
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"My family loves this! I made it with ground turkey and added more chili powder to spice it up."

DWare5883 User ID: 5884353 255767
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

"Made to recipe. Pretty good but not amazing. Would give 3.5 stars if I could. Very easy to make for a quick meal. Definitely a recipe you can add or change things to make it your own or give it something extra."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 237257
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015 Edited Feb. 10, 2016

"Easy to make and I thought it tasted pretty good, but the wife didn't care for the tomatoes, so unfortunately, probably won't make this one again."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 237227
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"Easy and excellent flavor."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 135014
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"This was very good and easy to make. I pre-cooked the noodles and also made many of the changes listed, such as green pepper, olives, and minced garlic."

subard User ID: 7782916 78708
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"very easy, change it up a little, used velvetta, cut back on the oregano. This is a go to when I want fast comfort food."

cmb1940 User ID: 1028862 135013
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Very good and easy to make. I added half a green pepper, diced. About a dozen black olives, sliced and a half teaspoon of cumin. I used a 14 1/2 oz can of corn, drained and used the liquid in place of the water. I used mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar. Will make this again for sure."

HBcook User ID: 2966570 98710
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I bought Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes and the sauce is very thick. I cooked the macaroni(1 cup) and added a chopped green pepper to the onion. It was not at all runny. I can't imagine making this with uncooked pasta. Very easy and very good weeknight dinner."

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 170935
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"i did add about double macaroni and simmered 30 minutes and the macaroni was perfect. my boys loved it!!!"

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