Thursday, April 9, 2009

Taco Mac

This recipe is very easy, quick, easy clean up, and budget friendly. My whole family loves it too!


1 lb ground turkey or beef
1 can diced or stewed tomatoes (I get the petite diced)
1 can pinto beans (or really your favorite bean will work)
1 can corn
1 - 1 1/2 cups macaroni (use whole wheat for heart healthy)
1 packet of dry ranch dressing (omit this if you need dairy-free)
1 packet of taco seasoning or Homemade Taco SeasoningDirections

Brown your ground turkey or beef, drain, return to large skillet. Do not drain your cans of vegetables. Add corn, tomatoes, beans, ranch seasoning, taco seasoning, plus one can full of water to your skillet. Bring to a boil and add your macaroni. Turn down to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.

Cornbread or corn chips pair well with this.

Crockpot: Add all ingredients to crockpot except pasta. Stir, cover, and cook on high 4-6 hours or high 8-10.  Turn crockpot on high and add pasta last 30 minutes of cooking.

Variation: Try Taco Junk which is basically the same recipe but without pasta. Yum!

If you like this recipe, you should try Taco Junk or Santa Fe Soup or Original Taco Soup Crockpot Recipe or The Duggar's Taco Soup


  1. From my friend, Tiffany, "Made Taco Mac! Loved it! Made it with whole wheat pasta and added some cheese to the top! Delish! Thanks again!"

  2. From my friend, Connie, "Amber! the Taco Mac was so good!! My son cleaned his plate and he doesn't even like corn as weird as that sounds...what 6 year old kid doesn't like corn? Mine has decided he doesn't but he didn't pick through it, he just ate it all! Thank you for adding a new inexpensive meal for our family to enjoy. =)"

  3. From Paula, "I have gotten to where I am on your cooking blog several times a week, trying something new! I made the taco mac (yum!) and the pumpkin muffins with carrot cake (double yum!) and am making the Feta Chicken tonight! Keep it up, girlfriend!"

  4. From Emily, "Made your Tace Mac. Homerun! Super Yummy."

  5. Looks and sounds yummy! Love that you share your recipes and ideas! :)