One-Pot Creamy Taco Mac

July 26, 2012 · 15 comments

in beef,mexican/tex-mex,pasta,quick and easy

This is another one of those Like-Hamburger-Helper-But-So-Much-Better meals. I’ve made this recipe or one similar to it a few times now. I debated posting it because it’s made its rounds and you’re probably all, “been there, done that.” But, ultimately I decided to share it because it’s a really tasty, family-friendly meal, and the last time I made it I did it all in one pot, which makes it a little easier (with less clean up). This also meant I was able to use some beef broth instead of water for cooking the pasta, so it amped up the flavor a bit, too.

I consulted this ground beef stroganoff recipe to figure out the amount of liquid to use in this. I used a little bit less, and it worked out perfectly. One thing to note, is that if you decide to use beef broth, you’ll probably want to make your own taco seasoning or buy both low sodium broth and taco seasoning to cut down on the salt. I used 4 Tbsp. of pure “taco seasoning” (no salt added) so this is a little bit more robust than buying a store-bought version since a fair amount of that would be salt and not spices.

When using lower fat cheeses, a lean ground beef, and whole wheat noodles, this meal is actually pretty healthy. Another bonus is that the leftovers might be even better – I really had to try not to bust into them at work at 10:00 a.m.

 

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Asiya July 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Looks so yummy and love how there is not a ton of cheese..definitely have to give this a try!

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Ann P. July 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

tex mex mac and cheese!? love it! this is my craving of the day!

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Joanne July 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

Hamburger helper was probably the one pre-made type that that my mom never made…thankfully. This is SO not anywhere near hamburger helper though! It’s just cheesy tex-mex deliciousness!

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Melissa July 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

I love meals like this! Sounds perfect for a weeknight :)

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Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles July 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

If that doesn’t have comfort written all over it I don’t know what does. YUM!

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Karen | The Food Charlatan July 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

This looks super easy and delicious. Mexican + Italian. What could go wrong?

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Cassie July 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

This is so awesome, and just might redeem my childhood-created aversion from Hamburger Helper. Love this!

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Anna July 31, 2012 at 12:44 am

Mmmmm so satisfying!

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ErinsFoodFiles July 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

This is going to sound like a dumb-ass question, but do you think I could sub fresh tomatoes for canned? I have a summer surplus. :)

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elly July 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Definitely! I also bet they’d be great added at the very end, sort of like a garnish. I love cool/crisp tomatoes with tacos and Mexican type foods. Also, I’m totally jealous of your tomato surplus.

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bekah January 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

We had this tonight. My 12-year-old daughter did the bulk of the cooking. It was a huge hit! Thanks for a great recipe.

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elly January 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

So happy to hear that Bekah!

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