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Taco Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

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This Mexican style Taco Chili Mac and Cheese is made from scratch with RoTell tomatoes and taco seasoning mix. My family LOVES this yummy skillet meal

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Taco Chili Mac and Cheese

Pantry items make this one pot recipe a winner that your whole family will enjoy. And it’s ready in under an hour.

I make this pantry chili mac recipe several times a month. It gets a lot of requests from my husband and the kids love it.

This easy pasta dinner is simple and pretty quick. Just brown the meat and dump in the cans mostly. Perfect for a busy day dinner.

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Chili Mac:

Taco Chili mac is like a homemade hamburger helper recipe, Mexican style. Chili mac is one of the easiest ground beef recipes on my “go to” recipe list. It’s not only simple but also has very little mess to clean up.

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A steaming bowl of Taco Chili Mac with a green salad of any sort makes a wonderful meal.

Ingredients:

ingredients for chili mac
Everything you need for this recipe

You probably already have most of these ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry.

Substitution Ideas:

Talk about easy pasta recipe. Here’s a few ideas for what works if you’re out of something. 🙂

  • 2 to 4 boxes of Mac and Cheese can replace the noodles depending on how many you have. Reduce the broth by half for 2 boxes. Fewer noodles need less liquid.
  • If your really in a pinch replace the cheddar cheese with the cheese packet in the Mac and cheese entirely. This is not ideal. Real cheese is best.
  • ANY cheddar type cheese or Mexican blend or colby cheese blend will work for this recipe.
  • Use your favorite salsa with a small can of diced tomatoes if no Rotell tomatoes are handy. OR add diced tomatoes and cut up some jarred spicy peppers like jalapeño or pepperoncinis.
  • Any canned beans can replace the black beans
  • Make your own homemade version of taco seasoning with chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes.

NOTE: All these substitutions will affect the final result of the recipe. Be sure to adjust the recipe to your family’s taste and needs.

Visual Guide:

Here is a walkthrough of the steps to make this quick and easy hamburger recipe. Please Also watch our video for a complete demonstration of this one pot meal.

Serve Chili Mac in bowls or a plate as you wish. We enjoy scooping those taco flavored noodles, beans and beef chunks with a spoon rather than chasing them with a fork.

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Taco Chili Mac and Cheese.

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Yield: 10 servings

Taco Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A REALLY simple one pot beef noodle dinner with a taco twist. Made completely from scratch with the help of one taco seasoning packet. The whole family will love this easy dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can RoTell tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can kernel corn
  • 1 14 oz. can black beans
  • 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 Cups Elbow noodles
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2 Cups sharp cheddar cheese-shredded

Instructions

  1. Use a deep 12 (or larger) skillet (3 inch minimum depth)
  2. Set the stove to medium heat and place the oil in the skillet.
  3. Add the hamburger and sprinkle the garlic powder, salt and pepper over the meat.
  4. Break up the hamburger into small pieces.
  5. Cover the skillet and brown the hamburger.
  6. Drain all the fat from the hamburger.
  7. Return the meat to the skillet and add in the RoTell tomatoes, corn, beans and tomato sauce.
  8. Stir it all together.
  9. Pour in the milk and chicken stock
  10. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  11. Stir in the elbow noodles.
  12. Reduce the stove temperature to simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
  13. Uncover the pot and stir in the taco seasonings.
  14. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.
  15. Cover and let simmer 5 more minutes or until the cheese melts.

Notes

Substitution Ideas:

  • 2 boxes of Mac and Cheese can replace the noodles
  • If your really in a pinch replace the cheese with the cheese packet in the Mac and cheese entirely. This is not ideal.
  • Use your favorite salsa with a small can of diced tomatoes is no Rotell tomatoes are handy. OR add diced tomatoes and cut up some jarred spicy peppers like jalapeño or pepperoncinis.
  • Any canned beans can replace the black beans
  • Use 2 Tablespoons chili powder and 1 Tablespoon cumin with red pepper flakes to taste to replace the taco seasonings

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 472Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 72mgSodium 1290mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 5gSugar 5gProtein 25g

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This taco skillet dinner is the perfect busy weeknight meal, it’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. Ground beef, cheese, noodles and zesty taco flavoring creates a hearty dish that makes wonderful leftovers! #tacoskillet #dinner #groundbeef #cheese #onepan #weeknight
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This taco skillet dinner is the perfect busy weeknight meal, it’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. Ground beef, cheese, noodles and zesty taco flavoring creates a hearty dish that makes wonderful leftovers! #tacoskillet #dinner #groundbeef #cheese #onepan #weeknight

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Tiffany

Monday 27th of April 2020

Looking forward to making this recipe . I was wondering if I could remove the honey from this recipe and still get a good loaf of bread?

Patrick Murphy

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

I just made the taco chili posta. I used Morningstar Taco berger so didn't have to add the spices. Also did not use the chicken broth. I used the liquid from the black beans and corn. No extra water or milk. It was a real hit at this house.

Diane

Monday 27th of April 2020

Hi Tiffany, I see your comment on our Taco Chili Mac and cheese recipe. I'm not sure which bread recipe you are asking about for that reason. SO in general, you can omit the honey from bread recipes but it will affect the flavor and to some degree the ability of the dough to develop. Honey excites the yeast and helps encourage gluten development. Hope that helps. If you need me to specifically address the recipe can you tell me which one you are asking about? Thanks!

MaryBeth

Thursday 16th of April 2020

So glad I found this guide. I've been struggling with my whole wheat sourdough. Gave "Colton" a feed this afternoon, and I'll get started baking tomorrow!

(PS. I'd love to watch your videos, but I don't see them embedded in the page, and don't see any links, either. Any idea why?)

Diane

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Hi Mary Beth, Welcome to Homemade Food Junkie. I have no idea why all of our links and videos don't work for you.Maybe you use an adblocker? I checked and The links and videos are live. Most of our recipes have the video in the recipe card on the bottom too. However, you can see all of our videos on our YouTube Channel. We have a complete playlist of our sourdough recipes for you. Hope this helps. Enjoy the recipes. :)

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