Turkey Taco Macaroni

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 11, 2022
This is a nice little twist on a classic dish. If you love cheese, feel free to add more, and green peppers are a great taste if you want some vegetables. —Barb Kondolf, Hamlin, New York
Turkey Taco Macaroni Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add pasta; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until pasta is toasted. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. In same skillet, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey and onion; cook 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles.
  2. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce, water, salsa and taco seasoning. Cook, covered, 3-4 hours or until pasta is tender.
  3. Remove insert; top with cheese. Let stand, covered, 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 402 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 1063mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.