Taco Mac and Cheese

Are you loving these mac & cheese toppings that I have been sharing? The Cajun and French Onion are some of my faves, so don’t forget to check them out if you haven’t already!

Macaroni and cheese and I go way back. As with most of you, I grew up eating the boxed dinner. Both of my parents worked full time jobs, so summers were spent at home with my older brother and sister, fending for ourselves. Alas, lunches were typically mac ‘n cheese, and mac ‘n cheese… oh and then maybe some mac ‘n cheese.

A girl can grow tired of mac ‘n cheese.

It was years before I would eat it again, and even still, I struggle to eat it plain. That’s why I’m always coming up with these fun toppings to spruce up the cheesy noodles, like this Taco Mac and Cheese!

Taco Mac and Cheese

Toppings = fun and exciting, new and interesting, tasty and different.

The taco mac and cheese is great because …maybe you just had Taco Tuesday and you have leftover taco meat in the fridge? And maybe you don’t have enough to make tacos again, but just the right amount for a fun new twist to your mac and cheese!

I can’t tell you how awesome this combo is… but I’ll try…


Taco Mac and Cheese

The sour cream on top just makes it soooo much more creamy, and delicious. This almost reminds me of another boxed dinner. The one with the giant glove that talks… yeah – I’ve had my fair share of those meals growing up too…

Have fun with your food. Experiment and try new things.

It’s good for you.

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Taco Mac and Cheese

Taco Mac and Cheese has toppings = fun and exciting, new and interesting, tasty and different.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 398 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • Mac and Cheese, prepared according to box directions
  • taco meat, warmed up*
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes
  • jalapeños
  • cilantro


  • Prepare the macaroni and cheese according to box directions.
  • Divide among bowls then top with a little bit of taco meat, sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, and chopped cilantro.
  • Add additional toppings of your choice if desired. Enjoy!
*If you don't have leftover taco meat, make some by browning 1 pound of ground beef (or turkey), drain fat, add a packet of taco seasoning and 1 cup of beef broth (or water). Stir and simmer until thickened (about 15 minutes).


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.9g | Protein: 25.9g | Fat: 11.9g | Cholesterol: 50.1mg | Sodium: 913.2mg | Sugar: 4.9g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 55mg
Keywords: Macaroni and cheese, taco
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
6 Responses
  1. Stephanie @ Stephanies Az Kitchen

    I agree with the previous statement this would totally fill in nicely for “taco tuesday” that everyone likes so much – will try with some homemade mac and cheese – don’t really care for the boxed commerical stuff… smart & quick thinking idea 🙂

  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Dudette, I am moving to Canada to live with ya and eat all your leftovers and clean your house and whatnot. I mean, I can’t get over these awesome mac and cheese variations. This is KILLER.

  3. Stephanie

    This looks delicious! I am so sick of traditional taco night (my family asks for it non stop) this would be a wonderful alternative!

    1. Shawn

      Totally right?! You might want to sit down for this, but what about mac ‘n cheese IN. THE. TACO!?! I just thought of that the other night too, how fun! hehe.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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