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This Taco Macaroni and Cheese Bake has three cheeses, chewy pasta, and all your favorite Taco flavors. Makes a great meal option for busy weeknights when you make it ahead!

Taco Macaroni and Cheese Bake

This Taco Macaroni and Cheese Bake has three cheeses, chewy pasta, and all your favorite Taco flavors. Makes a great meal option for busy weeknights when you make it ahead!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 599 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cavatappi pasta or other small pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning or 1 packet store bought
  • 15 ounces corn kernels undrained
  • 15 ounces tomatoes diced and undrained
  • 15 ounces kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cheddar cheese shredded and divided
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin pepper jack cheese shredded and divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for serving
  • Scallions for serving
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Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

  2. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to boil. Add pasta, stirring well, and return to boil. Cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes, and drain.

  3. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, sauté beef and onion over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well. Stir in garlic and taco seasoning until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  4. Add corn, tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, green chilies, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in cream cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, and 1 cup pepper jack. Simmer until cheese is melted. Add pasta, stirring until evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6.  Pour into baking dish; top with remaining cheddar and pepper jack. Bake until golden brown and cheeses are melted, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

  7. Top with sour cream and scallions, if desired.