Mac and Cheese Taco Bake

Let the fiesta begin with this zesty take on taco night!

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz. lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¾ cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni according to package directions, more al dente than soft; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine beef, bell peppers, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix together with hands.
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add beef mixture and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add pasta and cream cheese; stir to combine. Top with Cheddar. Bake 20–25 minutes or until cheese has melted. Serve immediately.