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Turkey Taco Macaroni

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 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


  • 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 oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey and onion; cook 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles.
  • Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce, water, salsa and taco seasoning. Cook, covered, 3-4 hours or until pasta is tender.
  • 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.

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  • Jeannie
    Sep 25, 2019

    As is, this recipe is very bland. 1 package of taco seasoning for the amount of meat/noodles didn't seem enough. To save this meal I put in on the stove and added more cumin, paprika, chili powder, onion powder and then finished off cooking it there.With more seasonings it was good though.

  • jetluvs2cook
    Apr 26, 2017

    This was so easy to make and tasted so good!! I used ground beef instead of turkey.