taco macaroni & cheese

macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods.  i will admit i love the boxed kind or if we really feel like splurging velveta shells is the best.  don’t hate.  but i know, i know – of course homemade mac and cheese is delicious and definitely better than the boxed version full of (delicious) fake cheese.

plus, it’s always fun to try different kinds of macaroni and cheese recipes.  i’ve seen everything from cheeseburger mac and cheese to this taco mac and cheese.  it has all of the flavors of tacos incorporated into macaroni and cheese.  genius!

there is taco seasoned ground turkey (or beef), salsa, green peppers, onions, lots of cheese (cheddar and cream cheese), sour cream – all kinds of good stuff.  then i topped my taco mac and cheese with salsa, sour cream and cilantro; chris isn’t a fan of cilantro so i topped his with green onion instead.

be warned this recipe makes a lot of mac and cheese.  so it’s perfect for my style of meal planning (i just cook a couple dishes a week and chris and i eat for lunch and dinner) but if you don’t feel like eating the same thing every day, i would suggest making this for a potluck or maybe freezing instead.

first, cook the macaroni according to the package directions and set it aside.

now for the taco turkey – brown the ground turkey, onions, and green peppers.

then add the taco seasoning and garlic.  (p.s. homemade taco seasoning is the best.  try it out!)

throw in the salsa and stir it all together.

the taco turkey is ready.  set it aside as you work on the cheese sauce.

pour the milk, sour cream, and cream cheese into a medium saucepan (i’m lazy and didn’t want to dirty any more dishes so i just used the pot i boiled the macaroni in).

mix to combine and then cook until the cream cheese is melted, then add the shredded cheddar cheese.

stir until the cheese is melted.

pour the taco turkey to the cheese sauce and mix to combine.

add the cooked macaroni…

lastly, stir everything together and add salt and pepper to taste.

the taco mac and cheese is ready to eat!

the recipe for this taco mac and cheese can be found here on cassie craves.

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