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Taco Macaroni Recipe

Taco Macaroni Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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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."

codyshelly User ID: 3421898 98119
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"quick and simple & most of my kids liked it! I will make it again."

kayitten User ID: 1493828 167707
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2009

"This dish has great taste in addition to being so simple to make. My husband says this is the best macaroni/tomato dish he's ever tasted. kay"

muffnette User ID: 1370261 209207
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"I will comment on the recipe here - VERY good - something quick and simple to put together for busy nights and the kids will like"

[email protected] User ID: 1321401 172264
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2009


I also am not renewing my subscription. I do not look forward to recieving my magazines in the mail the way I used to. What happened to the no advertising policy? I do not feel that I am getting what I am paying for. Not near as good as it used to be.I will reuse my old ones that I enjoy looking at.

jeanna82 User ID: 224285 154995
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"I also wanted to add my "two cents" on the issue of the "new" magazine style.

Wouldn't it be nice if FOR ONCE someone out there in Reimanpub-land acknowledged that so many of their customers are unhappy.  I have a HUGE pile of old magazines.  They are tattered and the covers are all falling off, but one of my favorite Sunday evening couch activities is to half-watch the news and scour my old TASTE OF HOME magazines for recipes that look good - and I haven't tried yet.  My 16 year old daughter even gets in on the fun! 
The new magazine style is just awful!  I use to love the stories about other families, the pictures of all kinds of people - in different parts of the country - women with 10+ kids, Mennonite women, women who work, women who stay home, pictures of little kids cooking - all of it held my attention and kept me signing up year after year. 
I would say out of the 10 members of my immediate family that took the magazine (Taste of Home) or quick Cooking (it was so great!) and even Light & Tasty - not a single one of us have a subscription now.  Surely our family isn't of the minority here!
IS ANYONE LISTENING OUT THERE IN REIMANPUB-LAND?  Please bring back our magazines!  They were loved and more importantly for you "purchased"!

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 209206
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"Taco Macaroni is quick & easy to fix, plus it tastes great!

I wanted to add that I've been a subscriber to Taste of Home since it began in 1993--almost 16 yrs ago. And, I'm not renewing my subscription after this year. I don't like its new format, the recipes aren't as "homey" as they used to be--in fact, I can't remember when I've tried a recipe from a new issue of Taste of Home. My old issues, pre-2005, are tattered from use. I give my newer issues away to anyone who wants them.
Too bad the publishers felt a need to modernize to appeal to a new audience.
Sue Zappa"

TwilaLite User ID: 3101461 154933
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"Hello recipe-bot..

I have tried to click on recipes in this forum
meaty pasta casserole for one
when i do all I get is an ad to sign up for your mag
as  I  stated I was a subscriber..just not any longer
Too many changes for my liking
are subscribers only allowed to view this forum?
if that's the Case...i will stick with the "Recipe" forum..
good recipes there from "fine" cooks across the country...
and no mag...full of ads required!!!!
again sorry for going "OT"........
just would like to know the rules!!!!!!!

morr User ID: 3111183 132974
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008 Edited Feb. 10, 2009

"easy and delicious."

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