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Skillet Mexican Mac and Cheese

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Yield Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
  • 1 16-oz. jar tomato salsa
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 431
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • protein 27 g
  • carbohydrate 40 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • sodium 747 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta until just tender, about 8 minutes or as package label directs. Drain.

  2. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, breaking up chunks with a wooden spoon, until meat loses its pink color, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in salsa and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Stir in pasta and cook until bubbling, about 3 minutes. Stir in cheese and cook, stirring, until cheese has melted, about 1 minute longer. Spoon into bowls, top with avocado and chips, if desired, and serve.