Taco Macaroni Recipe
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Taco Macaroni Recipe

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From Marissa Undercofler of Howard, Pennsylvania, this dish uses three different applications of tomatoes. And it's a hearty way to warm up, and fill up, this winter!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, soup, tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Drain macaroni; stir into meat mixture and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Taco Macaroni in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p11

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lljbc1 User ID: 5823441 223417
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"good and easy, however to reduce sodium i did not use the tomato soup or sauce, instead i used 28 oz can of unsalted chopped tomatoes, and 1/4 cup tomato paste, boiled 11/2 cup macaroni, any more would have been too much"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 97592
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"What a wonderful comfort food! My husband doesn't care for casseroles, made this when he was working out of town....ate the whole thing by myself in three days! I fixed it on Sunday, minus the cheese on top. I put it in a casserole dish, refrigerated it, then I baked it the next night at 350, covered. After about 45 minutes, I took the lid off and topped it with the cheese and baked it for another 15. Tasty!"

DBoyer User ID: 427662 108199
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"Agree with others that this is a good recipe to play around with until it fits my tastes. I would probably use a can of the mild Rotel because I don't like things too spicy.I also agree with others about the problems with the magazines. I loved Quick Cooking. I hated Simple and Delicious and never renewed my subscription. I don't know anyone in my family either who gets any of these magazines any more. Now I just look for easy recipes and if I find one, I pin it to Pinterest. Now there is no extra paper laying around my house ."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 167712
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Good recipe to play with and a good recipe to take to potlucks as it makes a huge casserole. To spice it up, I used a verde sauce. Will be making it again and will be adding more to it."

Jbodiford07 User ID: 7227456 169453
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"Awesome recipe! I used hot rotel, and tomato sauce, bulk taco seasoning (so I can add to taste). Used boxed Mac n cheese, and added some cheddar, topped with sour cream. Big hit with the family."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 153809
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"Like some of the other reviewers, I thought this needed a bit more Mexican flavor so I added some chili powder and cumin on top of the seasoning mix... Some other good additions would be corn, black olives, scallions/green onions.... Maybe even pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar... It's a good recipe to play with..."

therozeycook User ID: 6179534 153807
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"good but i need to add a few things next time"

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 97591
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"Very good. Kids loved it!"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 97559
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"My kids and I thought it was very plain...not enough flavor."

kdc-perez07 User ID: 2121276 168916
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"This makes way more than 6 servings!!! My husband and I will be eating these leftovers for a week. This was good. However, I think the recipe calls for way too much macaroni and not enough taco seasoning. I didn't have tomato soup or sauce, so I used a 6oz can of tomato paste mixed with 6 oz of water and it was just fine. Next time I make this, I will reduce the amount of macaroni and maybe use 1 and 1/2 packets of taco seasoning."

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