Taco Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Say so long to your plain ol’ Mac and Cheese… it’s time to give your favorite comfort food some spicy kick with this Taco Macaroni and Cheese Recipe!

This delicious recipe comes from the $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook!  I love this cookbook… and especially love that every recipe can be made for $5.00 or less! 😉

After speaking with my bloggy friend Erin {the author of this cookbook}, she was so glad to hear I’d be sharing the recipe with you right here!  Are you ready??


  • 1 16oz pkg. Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1 6oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 12oz can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese {the original recipe calls for 1 cup, but we love cheese so I doubled this to two cups… and used spicy Habanero Cheese!}


In a large pot, cook the macaroni according to the pasta package directions.{I add in a pinch of salt and dash of olive oil when cooking pasta.}

Once cooked… drain, and set aside.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion and crushed garlic.Drain excess fat.

Return the ground beef and onion mixture to the skillet.Add in Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, and Milk.Stir in the Cilantro, Cayenne, and Ground Cumin.

Simmer approx. 10 minutes, allowing the sauce to form and the flavors to mingle.

Add the cooked macaroni to the sauce and mix to combine.

Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the mixture while still warm in the skillet,
and allow cheese to melt…

This is a big recipe, so we eat half for our meal, and freeze the other half for later!  Enjoy… I know we sure did!


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  1. Angela says

    I have been making this for years except I just use left over taco meat, box of mac and cheese and a can of diced tomatoes. It’s delicious!

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