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Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake

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The Southwest flavors of this Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake are definitely a family pleaser! Super easy to make and guaranteed to fill up even the hungriest belly.

Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake

Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake:

The new year always brings new goals and resolutions. This year we sat down as a family to discuss what we would like to improve on over the coming year. The kids had a little trouble thinking of items for themselves, but we brainstormed a few ideas, and I helped them narrow down a few action items that could be easily worked on.

My items revolve around sleep and exercise, and Dad wants to work on getting home earlier in the evening. My son decided he wants to really focus on advancing a few levels on his Karate belt before school is out and will also work on getting up with his alarm clock in the mornings. The lil’ Missy will work on handwriting/spelling/reading and cleaning up after herself. (Mostly the messes she makes with her various craft projects).

Mac and Cheese Taco Casserole

We came up with a few action items for the family as well… We want to do a better job picking up after ourselves (with 10-minute daily cleaning sprees during which no one is allowed to whine or yell.)

We’ll also make better food choices- I’ll try to do a better job sticking to my menu plans when possible, and the kids will choose fruit for dessert more often.  And we will eat more dinners together at the dinner table instead of gathering around the bar. 

Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Casserole

The Beefy Mac and Cheese Recipe I’m sharing today helps hit on two of our family goals.  (Eating dinner at the dinner table and me cooking the recipe I planned for the day.)

Beefy Mac and Cheese

The dish is so simple to make and everyone loved it! It’s based on a box deluxe mac and cheese (The kind that comes with the creamy cheese sauce in the foil pouch) and a pound of ground beef. Plus a few other pantry essentials.

I hope your family loves it as much as we did!

The base of this dish is a box of the new Horizon Organic White Cheddar Cheesy Deluxe Pasta Shells and Cheese and ground beef.

Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake Recipe

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Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake

Beefy Mac and Cheese Taco Bake

  • Author: Jamie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 1 package Deluxe Pasta Shells and cheese (the kind that comes with a foil cheese pouch)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional for garnish: Sliced green onions, additional sour cream and/or diced avocado.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 f.
  2. Brown ground beef to large skillet, adding Taco seasoning halfway through.
  3. Cook pasta according to package time for al dente pasta.  Drain and add cheese packet to pasta.
  4. Mix in salsa, sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese and ground beef to pasta.
  5. Mix in the pasteurized egg product until everything is thoroughly combined.
  6. Press pasta mixture into a greased 9 inch deep dish pie plate.  Top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges of the cheese are golden brown and crispy.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes, then top with optional garnishes.

I would love to know, did you and your family set any goals for the year?

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17 Comments

  1. Glenda Beckham says:

    That looks so good. I'm making this real soon. Served with salsa & warm tortilla chips will be fantastic. My family loves Mexican food & will for sure love this. I have a question about an ingredient in the recipe. What is pasteurized egg product? I haven't heard of this before. Also Where I live we don't have Horizon products. I know you are very busy but could you email me the answer to my question? email is: okiemaw9@aol.com. Thank you for the delicious recipe. God bless.

    1. Pasteurized egg product would be egg beaters or another similar product that comes in a carton.
      Good luck!

  2. Momi Glenz says:

    That looks so delicious! thanks for sharing.

  3. Holly @ Woman Tribune says:

    We love tacos around here, and this bake is a really unique and tasty spin. Definitely have to try this!

  4. EZPZ Mealz says:

    We love Horizon! Thanks for sharing this, it looks delicious, I bet my kids would go crazy for it.

  5. Housewife Eclectic says:

    This sounds flat out amazing! My kids would love it!

  6. Mary Madalene says:

    OHHH I so want to make that this Tuesday!

  7. Hi Jamie, this would be a super contribution to Food on Friday: Cheese over at Carole's Chatter. Please do bring it over. Cheers

  8. That's exactly the kind of meal I crave on a regular basis. I love how you cut it into wedges too.

  9. Frugal Qponer says:

    My kids would seriously love this dish, and so easy!

  10. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    Looks so easy! Love the casserole dish it is in!

  11. Emily Thompson says:

    this looks amazing! I'm sure with all that cheese my family would love it!

  12. Michelle De La Cerda says:

    Oh this would warm us up and be gone in seconds.

  13. Rini Desarin says:

    This is such a perfect idea for comfort food. Bet it is perfect for rainy days like today.

  14. Melanie Walsh says:

    You're right about this being a crowd pleaser! It's got everyone's favorite ingredients. Can't wait to try it!

  15. Jaclyn Anne says:

    This looks AMAZING! Cheesey, beefy goodness – I have to try this recipe like ASAP. Thank you!

  16. Dawn Yoder says:

    This sounds delicious! I'd have to use gluten free pasta but that's a super easy substitute. Thanks for sharing, my little guy will love this!