Pin It Taco Mac 'N Cheese
My wife first came across this recipe in Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Magazine but when I made it, I added some hot sauce for extra kick. This is a very quick and hearty simple dish that is packed with flavor.
1 package (1.25 ounce) Taco Seasoning Mix (I used Ortega)
1 can Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles (I used Rotel)
1 pound Lean Ground Beef
2 (7.25 ounce) boxes Whole Grain Mac & Cheese (I used Kraft)
Hot Sauce (I used Paula Deen Collection Hot Sauce)
In a large pot of salted boiling water cook pasta until al dente, and make mac 'n cheese according to box directions.
In a large pan, season beef with kosher salt and black pepper. Add taco seasoning and mix it with the beef and brown over medium-high heat until done.
Drain diced tomatoes and chiles and add to beef. Simmer until it thickens.
Add beef with diced tomatoes and chiles to the pasta pot and stir together. Let it stand for 2-3 minutes.
Add hot sauce to your liking (I added 1 tablespoon), stir again and serve immediately.
Goes great with a mixed green salad and some whole grain tortilla chips.