Taco Bake Recipe
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Taco Bake Recipe

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Taco Bake is a specialty of Marlene Logan's in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her hearty dish is perfect for a hungry family or to serve to company.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (1-1/4 ounces) taco seasoning
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounce) shell macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 380 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 1205mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein


  1. In a skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium heat; drain. Add the water, taco seasoning and tomato sauce; mix. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in macaroni, chilies and 1-1/2 cups of cheese. Pour into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Taco Bake in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p59

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"The taste was good and enjoyed by the entire family - even the 15 month old. Next time I will add some corn and black beans."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"Very easy very good. The family loved it. going on the monthly menu."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"An old favorite; easy & has simple, handy ingredients. Very tasty. Might want to reduce pasta to 6 oz and use less chilies if family is sensitive to such. Monterey Jack is a good alternative to the cheddar."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"My family really enjoys this tasty casserole. It's easy to prepare and easy on the pocketbook too."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"This was Delicious! Adding a can of black olives and crushed tortilla chips really topped it off. I also garnished mine with chopped fresh tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and a dollop of sour cream, my favorite taco toppings."

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