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Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese in my cast iron skillet

Beefy Taco Mac and Cheese

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  • 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


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


Units Scale
  • 1 pound 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 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.


  • Consider using out homemade taco seasoning recipe.
  • I keep this as a skillet dish, but it could be modified to also add some extra cheese to the top and bake for a bit.
  • I used a cast iron skillet for this recipe.