Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 25 Minutes


1 (8-ounce) package elbow macaroni
1 pound ground beef
1 (1.25-ounce) envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 (8-ounce) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
Toppings: chopped tomato, avocado, and green onions, sour cream, salsa


Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.

Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain.

Return beef to skillet; stir in taco seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, 7 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove beef mixture from heat.

Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked pasta and beef mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve immediately with desired toppings.