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Mexi-Mac Skillet Recipe

Mexi-Mac Skillet Recipe

This is the yummiest, quickest recipe I have. There’s no need to pre-cook the macaroni. Everything comes together in one smart skillet. —Maurane Ramsey, Fort Wayne, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in seasonings, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn and water; bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until macaroni is tender, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 366 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 789mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 263132
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

"I doubled everything in the recipe but the meat. This was delicious and I loved that I had leftovers to freeze by doing this."

amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 261353
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

"I doubled the noodles and tomato sauce."

enderslove User ID: 5544956 259351
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"My family loves this! I made it with ground turkey and added more chili powder to spice it up."

DWare5883 User ID: 5884353 255767
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2016

"Made to recipe. Pretty good but not amazing. Would give 3.5 stars if I could. Very easy to make for a quick meal. Definitely a recipe you can add or change things to make it your own or give it something extra."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 237257
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015 Edited Feb. 10, 2016

"easy to make and I thought it tasted pretty good, but the wife didn't care for the tomatoes, so unfortunately, probably won't make this one again."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 237227
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"easy and excellent flavor."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 135014
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"This was very good and easy to make. I pre-cooked the noodles and also made many of the changes listed, such as green pepper, olives, and minced garlic."

subard User ID: 7782916 78708
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"very easy, change it up a little, used velvetta, cut back on the oregano. This is a go to when I want fast comfort food."

cmb1940 User ID: 1028862 135013
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Very good and easy to make. I added half a green pepper, diced. About a dozen black olives, sliced and a half teaspoon of cumin. I used a 14 1/2 oz can of corn, drained and used the liquid in place of the water. I used mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar. Will make this again for sure."

HBcook User ID: 2966570 98710
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I bought Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes and the sauce is very thick. I cooked the macaroni(1 cup) and added a chopped green pepper to the onion. It was not at all runny. I can't imagine making this with uncooked pasta. Very easy and very good weeknight dinner."

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 170935
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"i did add about double macaroni and simmered 30 minutes and the macaroni was perfect. my boys loved it!!!"

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 100575
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"okay the changes i made was i added fresh minced garlic with the meat and onion, used a can of rotel tomatoes (mild) instead of the diced tomatoes, used a 15 oz can of tomato sauce, increased the water to 3/4 cup, used canned green giant steam crisp super sweet yellow and white whole kernel corn, added a little more chili powder and will use regular cheddar cheese but more than it calls for ;). it's cookn rite now and will be ready for my two boys 8 and 6 when they get off the bus in 30 minutes "

hprusia User ID: 1580577 170932
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"I cut the oregano in half and added 1/2 t. of cumin. I make this on a regular basis and we really like it. Yum! :-)"

jmrw2 User ID: 4390381 109231
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"We loved it! I substituted small diced tomatoes with seasonings for the diced tomato, and added a little garlic and it was good :) The family loved it:)"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 82281
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"easy to make and really good!"

jynns User ID: 4818054 169885
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"My daughter loved it!! I used a can of Rotel instead of the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning instead of the spices. Plenty left over for tomorrow's dinner!"

mtcobra User ID: 310782 98932
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"As did other reviewers, I added more chili powder, garlic (granulated), and cumin. I thought the macaroni was a tad underdone, and would recommend either a longer simmering time or partial pre-cooking (boiling in water) prior to adding. I would also recommend petite diced tomatoes over regular diced tomatoes."

wwv111354 User ID: 724296 109229
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"Actually, I didn't make this recipe at all, but used the overall idea to use up leftover chili we had and it turned out fantastic! I added pasta and corn to the already made chili (added just a little water to account for the added pasta) and allowed it to slow simmer on the stove with occasional stirring. Fantastic! The only difference between mine and this was that ours had beans and we didn't have cheese to put on top. I would definitely do this again, whether from scratch or as a way to stretch leftovers."

cbock User ID: 4592507 98929
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"substituted garlic granuals for salt, added drained and rinsed can of kidney beans, substituted 1 cup frozen chopped mirepoix mix for onion and added extra 1/3 cup macroni. cooked in stock pot. wonderfully tasty and loved by hubby and kids alike!!"

Nancy1423 User ID: 2981834 82280
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2009

"needs some garlic and maybe some chili beans"

shelibeens User ID: 3349748 98708
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2008

"Awesome recipe. Added 2 cloves garlic & 1 tsp cumin. Increased chili powder to 2 tblspn, tomato sauce to 15oz can, and added slightly more pasta. Substituted garlic salt for salt. YUMMY!!! Whole family loves it!!!"

navy1015 User ID: 2860208 173193
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2008

"Great recipe. A little garlic and a can of chili beans makes it perfect"

cookingpat User ID: 1298825 170041
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2008

"Followed recipe, except add 2 cloves of garlic and 1/4 teaspoon cumin. My family loved it."

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