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One Pot Taco Mac and Cheese is the perfect blend of seasoned ground beef, pasta, cheese and your favorite taco toppings all rolled into one fantastic dish. It’s fast, easy and ready in under 30 minutes!
If one pan meals are your thing too, have I got a treat for you. This One Pan Taco Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect blend of spices and cheesy pasta goodness. It’s one dish that your whole family is sure to love! You should also try out our One Pot Pizza Pasta, One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice and One Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles!
One pan meals are perfect for busy families. They cook in under 30 minutes and use just one pan for easy clean-up. Be sure to check out all of my one pan meals.
When this meal was coming together, I wasn’t sure what my family was going to think. But let me tell you, my daughter LOVED it! She had two helpings and even asked to take the leftovers to preschool for lunch the next day. Lots of cheese and taco seasoning make this a warm and comforting meal that your whole family is sure to enjoy.
This dish calls for ground beef, onion and garlic, seasoned generously with taco seasoning, as well as 2 cups of dry macaroni, beef broth, water, and diced cherry tomatoes. I considered using salsa, but really wanted the taco flavors to come through, rather than the tomato and spice. I opted for fresh cherry tomatoes because I really like the way they hold up in the one pan meals, and the sweetness they add to a spicier dish, like my One Pan Spicy Lemon Chicken Pasta. They are also not as overpowering of a tomato flavor as the canned tomatoes.
One Pot meals are an easy way to completely simplify your dinnertime routine. They are warm and comforting like a casserole, but require minimal prep and clean up and just about 30 minutes to make. You just need a pot or a pan to cook in, plus maybe a knife and cutting board for chopping ingredients. Maybe a measuring cup or two. That’s just a few dishes to wash! One Pot Meals typically include a protein, starch and veggies all rolled into one delicious dish making it a full and complete meal. I’ll usually add a big green salad to round things out but that’s not always necessary.
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Let’s get to cooking some deliciously creamy Taco Mac and Cheese!
Doesn’t that look amazing?
Absolutely! If you want to use chicken instead of ground beef, just cut chicken breasts into small pieces and cook in place of the ground beef. You just need to brown the chicken, not cook it all the way through. Then proceed with adding the pasta, liquid, etc.
Another way to change it up would be with different types of cheese. A white cheddar would be delicious or even a gruyere or pepper jack.
Like I mentioned this is a full and complete meal in one, so you could really just serve it on it’s own and be fine for four people. If you want to stretch it a little further, add a green salad and maybe some chips and guacamole or homemade salsa. I like to garnish with more fresh tomatoes and sliced green onions.
Store leftover Taco Macaroni and Cheese in an airtight container in the fri
dge for up to 3-5 days. Reheat in the microwave.
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