Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese

November 6, 2017 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This is a delicious skillet comfort dish that will make the whole family happy. Combining a classic mac and cheese with savory taco flavors is a recipe for happiness.

completed beefy taco skillet

We have really been diving deep into the world of macaroni and cheese. We have made a traditional mac and cheese, looked at the history of the product, and made a gouda themed mac. The next few posts will be dedicated to variation recipes. I want push my taste buds a bit beyond the traditional recipe. Today, I am going to make a macaroni and cheese recipe that would make twelve-year-old me proud. I am going to try and find some serious comfort food and rich tastes in a Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese.

The Tastebuds of My Memory

In the exploration of this topic, one thing that keeps on coming back to me is Hamburger Helper. As a young adult, Hamburger Helper was like a food group. Somewhere in adulthood, I realized that I can make similar dishes that are way tastier and not that much more expensive. And yes, within the past 5 years, I have bought one just to see if I still liked it. The memory of flavor, for me, is pretty powerful. Did I like Hamburger Helper as a grown up in a grown-up kitchen? Not really. Still, the memory of those flavors stick with me. Our Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese is an attempt to capture some of those flavor memories in a much more tasty way.

Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese

While a person could adapt the recipe below to also cook it in the oven, I am going to keep this a skillet meal. This is the way I remember it, so this is the way I am going to cook it. Enjoy the Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese recipe and pin this recipe now.

Plated up beefy taco


Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe


Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese

Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese in my cast iron skillet

This Beefy Taco Mac & Cheese recipe is going to delight your taste buds and bring you back to home cooking memories.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed nacho chips


  1. Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning as directed on package in large skillet
  2. Set ground beef aside
  3. While ground beef is cooking, cook macaroni as directed on package
  4. Also while ground beef is cooking, in a large saucepan melt butter on low.
  5. When butter is fully melted, slowly start sprinkling flour in the pan and continuously mix. The idea is that the mixture of flour and butter will form almost a paste.
  6. Pour in just a little of the milk and whisk until smooth. Keep on repeating until all milk is blended in.
  7. Turn heat to medium-high and continuously stir. We want to get the sauce just to boiling and thicken.
  8. When the sauce starts to heat up, you will notice it start to thicken. Just continue to stir and once boiling, continue stirring for one minute.
  9. Remove from direct heat and slowly add 2 cups of the cheese to the bechamel while stirring.
  10. Once this is a smooth sauce, add cheese sauce and macaroni to large skillet with ground beef and mix.
  11. Serve and add crushed nacho chips to top.

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  • Reply
    November 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Hello, deliciousness. This recipe is like a love child of my two absolute favorites! NEEED to try ASAP!

  • Reply
    Robert Erman
    November 7, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Very fond of this recipe. I’ve practiced it at home. It feels very good.

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    November 7, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Yummy. That looks fabulous! I too wasn’t a fan of hamburger helper when I was younger! This dish looks tasty and super easy! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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    Lisa | Garlic + Zest
    November 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I wish I’d known you when you were 12. This looks heavenly.

  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

    This is exactly the kind of meal that I want at the end of the day. Looks amazing!

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    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    November 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Chips on top of pasta? You’re speaking my language! This looks amazing!

  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    My kids would be all over me to make this for dinner

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    November 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I used to love Hamburger Helper! Haven’t made it years! What a great idea! My kids will love this one!!

  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 11:48 am

    My husband will love me more when i will cook this for him tomorrow!

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    November 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I love mac and cheese… SO MUCH! This version sounds fabulous.. I love that you added tortilla chips. More carbs!! YUMMM! Lol

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    November 8, 2017 at 8:20 am

    This looks SO good! Way better than Hamburger Helper for sure. I always laugh when I think of that stuff because back in college I thought it would work to just omit the beef to make a vegetarian version (and to save $ on buying meat) and it DID.NOT.WORK. Not one bit. ACK! Haaha!

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    Anne Murphy
    November 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Oh, I like the crunch in that! I also like your careful description of making a roux – you make it sound as easy as, well, as it is… and so often people are afraid of it!

  • Reply
    Analida Braeger
    November 9, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Tacos with mac and cheese! Those are two great combinations for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Carrie @ Carrie’s Home Cooking
    November 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    What. Husband pleasing dish. Two perfect foods combined in one dish! I am trying this for dinner tomorrow night! Pinned!

  • Reply
    Jen Sharpin | So Damn Delish
    November 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    You had me at beefy taco…then you threw in the mac and cheese. I’m sold. Totally making this!

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    November 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I just showed my husband this recipe and he asked me why I’ve never made mac and cheese like this before! haha I guess I know what I’ll be doing next time 🙂

  • Reply
    November 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Nice and simple. Looks perfect!

  • Reply
    Amanda Mason
    November 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Such a simple recipe…I love it! My kids will love this one! Printing this off for a good weeknight meal!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    November 12, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Such a fun recipe! I have never had Hamburger helper, so I have no idea what it tastes like, plus I’m vegetarian 😉 , but It sounds and looks like an absolute comfort food!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    November 12, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    What a great dish for kids and the rest of the family. It’s something you can whip up together and everyone is happy. This is so much better than grabbing some fast food. Great family recipe.

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    November 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Never tried this combination before in my life but i can really see myself making this on a weekend!

  • Reply
    December 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ben, you kill me! I would love to dig into this pan right now. Lucky me, that I found this recipe just in time for Friday night dinner snacking time with my husband. Great recipe!

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