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Nacho Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Creamy and comforting, this family-friendly meal from our Test Kitchen is a great way to ease into the week. And since most of the ingredients are mixed in one dish, cleanup is a breeze! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped sweet red peppers
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips


  • Cook gemelli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and red peppers over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the butter, flour, taco seasoning and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese and corn until cheese is melted.
  • Drain gemelli; add to beef mixture and stir to coat. Sprinkle with tortilla chips.

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  • DWare5883
    Nov 2, 2013

    Tastes great and easy to make

  • Darwin67
    Jun 16, 2012

    SO quick and SO delicious!

  • goodenf4u
    Jan 10, 2010

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  • WJSymons
    Jan 7, 2010

    My family loved this. I'll make this again and next time I'll add 1/2 cup of black beans along with the corn. I used whole wheat pasta and skim milk. It was great. Served with a green salad, the casserole tasted like soft tacos. Delicious!

  • muffnette
    Feb 4, 2009

    made AS is - YUMMY kids loved it

  • tbearss
    Jan 30, 2009

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  • 5hungrykids
    Nov 26, 2008

    This was pretty good. Next time I make this, I will use a can of rinsed black beans instead of the corn. I didn't care for the sweetness the corn added. BTW, this does not taste like mac n cheese; which is probably why I liked it. I also did not use the red peppers. The children all liked this as well.

  • Mama Chris
    Nov 6, 2007

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  • amyelizabee09
    Nov 3, 2007

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  • jlynno
    Oct 29, 2007

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