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Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.