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Taco Mac 'n Cheese
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Taco Mac 'n Cheese

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Put two things kids love in one pan – tacos and mac ‘n cheese! McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix brings bold, southwestern flavor to ground beef and an extra-creamy Perfect Cheese Sauce. Bake until bubbly and top with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

 

Recipe created by two-time "Chopped" champ, Chef James Briscione. He brings creativity to the table with bold flavors and spices in his new Food Network cooking show, "Man Crafted." 

  • 15m

    prep time

  • 40m

    Cook Time

  • 14

    Ingredients

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Ingredients

8

Servings

Perfect Cheese Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon from 1 package McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix, (reserve remaining seasoning in package)
  • 3 cups milk, heated
  • 4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Taco Mac n Cheese

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 package McCormick® Taco Seasoning Mix, (plus remainder of package reserved from Perfect Cheese Sauce)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomato

Instructions

  • For the Perfect Cheese Sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring often, until a thick paste forms and turns golden brown. Stir in the taco seasoning and cook 30 seconds more.

  • Gradually whisk in the milk, adding 1 cup at a time. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer before adding the next. It will be extremely thick at first and will thin with each addition. When all the milk is added bring the sauce to a simmer and cook 5 more minutes. Whisk in the cream cheese.

  • Remove the sauce from the heat. Add the Cheddar and Parmesan and whisk until smooth. The sauce keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for 6 months. If using from cold, carefully bring the sauce back to a boil before serving.

  • For the Taco Mac 'n Cheese, preheat the oven to 450°F.

  • Place a large saute pan over high heat, add the ground beef and taco seasoning. Mix thoroughly. Cook, stirring often using a wooden spoon or spatula to break the meat into small crumbles. Continue cooking until the meat releases its liquid, and then cook further until all the liquid has evaporated and the meat begins to brown, about 10 minutes.

  • Combine the Perfect Cheese Sauce and cooked pasta in a large bowl. Pour in the cooked meat and stir to combine. Pour into a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Level the pasta with the back of a spoon or spatula. Scatter the grated Cheddar over the pasta. Bake until browned and bubbling, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let cool 5 minutes.

  • Immediately before serving, scatter the sour cream, lettuce and fresh tomato over the mac 'n' cheese.

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