Taco Mac –

I really like one dish skillet meals. They’re easy, quick and yummy. And they remind me of those Hamburger Helper meals I used to love back in the day. (Yes, I’ve come a long way in the kitchen.)

I used to make dishes like this by boiling the noodles separately. Then I gleaned some wisdom from my friend Sonshine and realized I could boil the noodles in the skillet if I added more liquid, just like those Hamburger Helper meals. It works great!

Taco Mac

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Taco Mac


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock or broth
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • Brown ground beef and onion. Drain. Stir in seasonings.
  • Add noodles, stock, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low. Cover skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, about 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Stir in corn until heated through. Top with cheese and serve.