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This simple recipe is just right when you need a VERY easy family-friendly dinner!

No Brainer Taco Macaroni

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, and sprinkle taco seasoning over the top. Stir and cook until meat is heated through, crumbling it as much as possible.
  2. Stir in uncooked macaroni (not the cheese packet yet!) and 2 c. water. Bring to a simmer, and cook for the recommended time on the macaroni package. Most liquid should be absorbed at this point. If the pasta looks dry before cooking is complete, add about 1/4 c. water at a time as needed.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and stir in cheese packet and a little milk to your desired consistency. Turn off heat and serve.


This would also be great with a can of diced tomatoes (drained) or a cup of frozen peas added with the macaroni and water. I kept it simple so my kids would eat it!

  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Dinner, Pasta and Noodles
  • Cuisine: American