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Macaroni Taco Bake Recipe

Macaroni Taco Bake Recipe

Comforting mac and cheese with a touch of taco flavoring and tortilla-chip crunch…no wonder kids love it! Moms will love that it's ready in no time flat and isn't expensive to make. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 packages (7-1/4 ounces each) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream, optional


  • 1. Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir in salsa; set aside.
  • 2. Spread macaroni into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with beef mixture, chips and olives; sprinkle with cheese.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until heated through, 15-20 minutes. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 597 calories, 33g fat (17g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 991mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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Tracy User ID: 9227785 269961
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2017

"Something everyone likes."

Mike marsha User ID: 8953754 264330
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"easy to make satisfying for even the picky eater in the family. Great recipe."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 254819
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"Great dinner for the kids, they loved it! We left out the olives because we are not olive fans in my house."

wolfman1856 User ID: 7095873 253664
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"The chips got very chewy! But the few without cheese were fine"

asnunez User ID: 2408742 145140
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This is good, but we found it to be VERY VERY dry when making the recipe "as is". I will make it again but will "play with" the recipe a bit to make it more 'moist'."

ChefessBethany User ID: 6217752 183475
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"I made this for my husband and me, only with a few alterations, I substituted chicken for the hamburger and seasoned it with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder (healthy taco seasoning, without so much sodium), I used a full two cups of salsa, I added a generous amount of cheese dip to the macaroni and cheese, before I added the chips, I sprinkled some chili powder on top of everything, then I added chili cheese fritos and then the shredded cheese! Believe me, try it this way and your taste buds will sing your name forever!"

denaleecriddle User ID: 7257857 145139
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"I am cooking this Yummy"

mpertler User ID: 6313046 115818
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"easy and delicious! I also used taco seasoning for the meat. Can't wait to make it for the office"

rhobleymattson User ID: 4757695 106916
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"I will try this recipe soon. Great job Besty!! I"am for Duluth too:)"

JeanRye User ID: 3782648 172244
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"My husband is not a face of Macaroni & Cheese, so I put Taco Seasoning in the ground beef and made it by the directions, (minus the M&C) and put the shredded cheese on top. He loved it and told me to make it again. I used elbow macaroni for the pasta. Thanks for a quick and great receipe."

GranMarion User ID: 4541988 115816
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"I have made this twice from the recipe. But I also made it using left-over tacos from those places that sell them filled in either hard or soft shells. I put the macaroni over canned black beans, drained, and insted of doing the filling, placed the tacos over the mac and beans and swam them in enchilada sauce and the salsa, with the cheese on top. Great way to use the leftovers. And it all began with this recipe."

ladywhitedove User ID: 3482015 102076
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"this was so easy and soooo good!"

Olderthanmyage User ID: 5288388 115814
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"This has been the biggest hit in my family for a quick supper. I have passed this recipe on to a dozen people and they all rave about it. The only thing I do different is I add an envelope of taco seasoning to the ground beef. It just gives it a little kit. Thank you for this recipe."

ChrisM318 User ID: 1609182 211096
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"easy, and good. It tastes great as leftovers too!"

kmu021 User ID: 3347263 183293
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Made this twice already! However I put almost 2 cups of salsa in. Very easy and good!"

beauty_1960 User ID: 4074295 126361
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"If I ever do try this recipe again I will doctor it up quite a bit. I think (Tomato soup) would be a great choice. I did add taco seasoning to the hamburger but it wasn't enough. Maybe green chilis or a hot salsa. It really needed something to give it moisture and zest it up.

Too dry and too bland."

pollyacolby User ID: 1358093 183471
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"We love this recipe and have made it many times. Instead of using taco cheese I take 2 cups of morrarella cheese and mix it with 1/2 bag of taco seasoning.For more flavor I use Doritos spicy nacho chips. I bake it the 15 min or until heated through. I serve with with bowls of sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes and sliced jalapeno peppers. My granddaughter who is 4 loves this dish she puts on everything but the jalapeno's."

lorijahrens User ID: 2434914 115812
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

" Mine turned out really dry, too.  I am going to try using cheddar cheese soup and adding taco seasoning to the beef.  I am hoping that will spice things up a bit.  Overall, though, it is worth playing with to get it to be something my family likes even more than they did! "

PucciBaby User ID: 3099441 126360
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"Made this last night. turned out REALLY good. i took the suggestions from the comments and i added a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup to the beef. i also added an entire jar of Pace SAUCE. its still chunky like salsa but has more liquid. i also added a cup and a half of frozen (and thawed) corn. turned out great!!!"

bluejean75 User ID: 4378654 183469
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Overall, we liked this casserole. I made it for the first time this evening. I took someone's suggestion and added one can of undiluted cheddar cheese soup to the hamburger mixture, and I increased the salsa to 1 and 1/3 cups. Other than that, I made it exactly as directed. I would reccomend this modification, otherwise I think it would turn out really dry. With the modifications, it was wonderful. It was easy to prepare and crowd-pleasing."

xtreme_sc2 User ID: 682740 106914
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"I will make this again but it needs to have more liquid added. It was a little dry. I may try adding a can of cheddar cheese soup or more salsa. It smelled fantastic when it was baking."

Classicrock User ID: 656532 101319
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2009

"My husband loved this! I used a heaping cup of salsa, coarsely crushed my tortilla chips (not finely crushed), and used about 3 cups cheddar cheese instead of taco cheese. I enjoyed my serving with extra salsa on the side. This is a keeper! -Lori in WI."

Teri32 User ID: 1664442 211095
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"A bit too dry for my liking. I'd be willing to try it one more time covering the dish while baking, but not anytime soon."

garryKeny User ID: 3339227 183467
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"Pretty darn good. easy to make and tasty to eat."

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