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Taco Mac Recipe

Taco Mac Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Taco Mac

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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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Super easy n delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

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

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

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

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

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

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."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"Very yummy! Ive made it w/o the meat also for an even quicker dinner"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"This was very good! Very quick and easy to make. I added a little more taco seasoning for more spice. Wow such an easy dish for a quick meal or for the ones who come home later, after dinner! Thanks, Ioved it!!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2008


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