Easy Taco Mac

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: Average family of 4 and ‘seconds’
Cuisine: Tex-Mex, family recipe
Recipe Info

A quick go-to meal for when you are short on time and big on hunger!

1 500g box macaroni
250-300g ground beef (or whatever ground meat you prefer)
Medium onion, diced
Medium bell pepper, diced
1 can, diced tomatoes, and a half of a jar of salsa
1 packet Taco seasoning of choice
Optional: 1 can, kidney or black beans
2 cloves garlic, minced

Method: In a medium to large pot, cook the macaroni according to package directions. While the macaroni is cooking, you can make the rest. I usually cut the veggies first to save time! In a large frying pan, add a little olive oil or butter and heat to a sizzle. Add the garlic and brown it slightly, releasing the fragrance. Next, add the peppers and onions, cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add in the ground meat next and brown thoroughly. Then you will add in the canned tomatoes, taco seasoning, the half jar of salsa, (and the beans if you are using them, liquid and all.) Add a little bit of water, about 100 ml, Mix well!! bring back to a good boil, and reduce heat to let it simmer on low for about 15 minutes. Now make sure the macaroni is done, drain, well and set aside. Once the taco meat mixture has thickened up, and most of the liquid has gone, add the macaroni directly to the frying pan (I said get a large one!) If the frying pan is too small to do this, put it back in the large pot you used, and transfer the taco meat to the pot with the macaroni instead! Use a spatula to get all the yummy goodness out of the pan into the pasta. Stir it up super well to coat the macaroni with all the taco deliciousness. I usually serve mine with grated cheese, and sour cream! Enjoy!

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