One-pan taco macaroni

One-pan taco macaroni


Serves: 6


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 sachet taco seasoning
  • 4 cups (1L) boiling water
  • 1 tin (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups elbow pasta
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tin (400g) corn kernals, drained
  • 1 small red capsicum, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups tasty cheese

Toppings: (these are all optional).

  • sour cream
  • shallots
  • guacamole or diced avocado
  • diced tomato


Step 1. In a non-stick frying pan, over high heat, brown the beef mince. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often until the onion is translucent.

Step 2. Add the taco seasoning to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the water, tomatoes and pasta. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.

Step 3. Add the salsa, corn and capsicum to the pan and stir over heat for 2 minutes to warm.

Step 4. Sprinkle cheese over the top and replace lid until the cheese melts. Serve with your favourite toppings.

One-pan taco macaroni

Serving Suggestions


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  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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