Southern Living
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Taco Tuesday just got a cheesy makeover. When you can’t decide between Mexican or macaroni and cheese, this five-ingredient pasta dish is the best way to satisfy both cravings. Ground beef gives all the heartiness you need for a weeknight dinner meal. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.

Step 2

Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain.

Step 3

Return beef to skillet; stir in taco seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, 7 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove beef mixture from heat.

Step 4

Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

Step 5

Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked pasta and beef mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Serve immediately with desired toppings.