Taco Mac Recipe
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Taco Mac Recipe

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Pork sausage, taco seasoning and taco sauce add plenty of zip to easy macaroni and cheese. "This zesty dish is just as yummy the next day," notes JoLynn Fribley, Oakley, Illinois. "Just warm it up and garnish with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and cheese."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (24 ounces) shells and cheese dinner mix
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1/3 cup taco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 465 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 1413mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Prepare shells and cheese mix according to package directions. Stir in the sausage, taco sauce and seasoning; cook until heated through. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar cheese if desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pasta mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little milk if necessary. Garnish as directed.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Kraft Velveeta Family-Size Shells & Cheese.
Originally published as Taco Mac in Quick Cooking July/August 2000 , p45

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 249098
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

"A big hit with the family. So simple and fast to prepare and get dinner on the table. I used salsa in place of the taco sauce. Simply delicious!"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 234239
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"This dish is quick to put together. It is also a tasty meal that my family enjoyed. I decided to bake this (minus the veggies) at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, the recipe does not call for this. I also changed it up by using my own quick mac & cheese recipe (about 32 oz) and hot flavored ground pork sausage. I doubled the sausage, taco sauce, and seasoning. This seems to be a very kid-friendly meal."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 24436
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"This is going to be one of those recipes that I'll always keep the staple ingredients on hand....makes for a great weekend lunch for my husband and I."

LelaZ User ID: 7219144 78418
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Super easy n delicious."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 42622
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"This was so easy and so good! Great for a weeknight meal!"

Trynette Gross User ID: 1597612 78318
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I've made this recipe a few times now and would also recommend it as a quick, easy, and good supper recipe. The busier our lives get, the better it is to have quick suppers available. I usually make a double batch to have leftovers the next night. Thanks for sharing!"

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 78300
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"This is one of the recipes that I use when I need a fast easy yummy dinner. We really like it!"

mankekm User ID: 5399685 27278
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"It's been over 10 years since I've found and starting using this's still a family favorite!"

[email protected] User ID: 5407286 70458
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Kids loved it; serve over Fritos next time."

lisa hanson User ID: 3217507 78415
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"My husband- who typically doesn't like this type of "helper like" -dinner went back for seconds. I made it with ground turkey, and yes, I did add a little more taco seasoning to the mix. I added the sauce and seasonings to the meat in the pan after browning the meat. It was super fast and yummy! I'm adding it to my make again "dinners" list."

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