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Taco Noodle Dish

I got creative while we were housebound during a snowstorm one winter...and used ingredients I had on hand to come up with this hearty casserole. Later, I modified it so it has less fat and fewer calories. —Judy Munger, Warren, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble turkey over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in seasonings, tomato sauce, chiles and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.
  • Spread noodles in a 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with turkey mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes.
  • Top casserole with lettuce, tomatoes, olives and taco sauce. Serve with sour cream.
Health Tip: Even reduced-sodium taco seasoning adds over 300mg sodium per serving. Make your own with 4 tsp. dried minced onion, 3 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. dried oregano and 1/8 tsp. cayenne.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 455 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 954mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 40g protein.
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  • marcibanes
    Sep 16, 2019

    Great meal and easy to put together. I added extra taco seasoning to make the dish spicier and replaced fresh jalapenos (they were in the garden) instead of the green chilies. I will definitely make this dish again.

  • Tomcatlover
    Mar 21, 2019

    Made it even fewer calories, but same great taste- only 1 lb. turkey instead of 2 lbs. - made zoodles (zucchini spirals) instead of pasta- yummy!

  • xlsalbums
    Sep 25, 2017

    This was just okay. Not enough flavor for me.

  • kyle1987
    Feb 20, 2017

    This dish was ok. The noodle layer is kind of dry and could use more flavor. If I make it again, I think I'll try some sort of sauce or something to add to the noodles.

  • chrissellscandles
    Mar 21, 2015

    We love this recipe! I've been making it for quite a few years. I only use one pound of ground turkey, though, and use 3 cups of noodles. The whole thing gets eaten in one sitting.

  • happyian
    Oct 5, 2011

    Very good! I used tomato basil pasta and my 4 yr old even ate it - and he is very picky! It's a keeper!

  • zakons
    Jul 7, 2011

    Made this tonight, it is a keeper of a recipe. Received a thumbs up from all who ate it.. It was enough for 3 adults and 2 kids. I would double it for more people.I used one bag of noodles and it was fine.I made as directed, only, I put each of the final toppings in separate bowls on the table, so each person could add the items they liked. (Some like ripe olives, tomatoes or sour cream and others don't)It was like a taco salad without the taco.I goofed and bought hot taco sauce, so only a couple put the hot sauce on it. I wil make this again...And double for company.

  • caroline.morse
    Jun 7, 2011

    No comment left

  • Shuddertoes
    Mar 6, 2011

    I think I used too many was a bit dry, but still delicious. I scribbled this recipe down so quickly that I never noted when to add the taco I ended up throwing it into the meat mixture! It actually tasted quite good, lol. Overall, this is a filling and delicious...the toppings at the end make it fabulous. Next time I will MEASURE the noodles instead of eyeballing them. Thanks for this great recipe!

  • ashbaby
    Dec 31, 2010

    first time tryin it and it was really good..used beef instead of turkey