Taco Mac and Cheese

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb. beef
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • Dash red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese, shredded

Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 

In a large skillet, cook beef until brown. Drain fat.

Meanwhile, mix chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. 

Add drained beef back into the skillet. Add water and the seasoning mixture. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add flour and whisk until well combined, about 1 minute. Slowly add in milk, whisking constantly. Once combined, allow to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Slowly add in cheese and continue whisking until fully melted. 

Remove cheese mixture from heat. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese mixture and stir to combine. Add beef mixture and stir. Serve immediately.

by The Savvy Kitchen