Taco Mac and Cheese serving in a white bowl with a dollop of light sour cream

Taco Mac and Cheese

Taco Mac and Cheese serving in a white bowl with a dollop of light sour cream

Taco Mac and Cheese

A lighter, more healthy version of a popular boxed "helper" commonly found in your local grocery store. Your family will love the taco flavored ground beef surrounded by creamy, cheesy pasta shells.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Blue, Low Carb, Low Fat, Low Sodium
Servings 8
Cost $1.78 per serving
Sodium 591 mg

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (16-ounce) package Whole Wheat Pasta Shells
  • 2 tablespoons Buttery Spread
  • 1 pound 93% Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 teaspoons Salt Free Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 (10-ounce) can No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 6 ounces Velveeta Queso Blanco cubed
  • 3 ounces Reduced Fat Mexican Style Four Cheese Blend Shredded

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta al dente according to package directions without salt. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown ground beef until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Stir in the diced tomatoes, ½ cup hot water, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook 2 - 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Transfer meat mixture to a bowl.
    Taco Mac and Cheese ground beef and tomato mixture cooking in a skillet on the stove.
  • Wipe Dutch oven clean with a paper towel. Add butter and milk to pan. Bring to a simmer. Add Velveeta cubes and stir until melted. Add the shredded cheese blend; cook and stir until melted.
  • Add the cooked pasta and meat mixture to cheese sauce in pan. Blend well and remove from heat.

Plate and Serve:

  • Divide evenly between 8 plates and garnish with cilantro if desired.
    Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge; or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Mac and Cheese
Amount per Serving
Calories
400
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
43
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
591
mg
26
%
Carbohydrates
 
46
g
18
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Carb Count
 
3
15
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Beef Recipes, Dinner Recipes, Heart Healthy, Pasta and Pizza
Food Groups ***Meat = 2 servings, Starch = 2.5 servings
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