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Taco Mac

This zesty taco mac and cheese is just as yummy the next day. Simply warm it up and garnish with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and cheese. —JoLynn Fribley, Nokomis, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    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
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • Prepare shells and cheese mix according to package directions. Stir in sausage, taco sauce and seasoning; cook and stir until heated through. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and, if desired, cheddar cheese.
    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.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Kraft Velveeta Family-Size Shells & Cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 465 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 1413mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Angel182009
    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!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    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.

  • luigimon
    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.

  • LelaZ
    Oct 23, 2013

    Super easy n delicious.

  • mjlouk
    Nov 7, 2012

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

  • Trynette Gross
    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!

  • Ashaline
    Apr 16, 2012

    This is one of the recipes that I use when I need a fast easy yummy dinner. We really like it!

  • kristasda
    Aug 17, 2011

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  • mankekm
    Feb 5, 2011

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

  • cklayum
    Dec 30, 2010

    Kids loved it; serve over Fritos next time.