Taco Bake is a specialty of Marlene Logan's in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her hearty dish is perfect for a hungry family or to serve to company.

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prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
60 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium heat; drain. Add the water, taco seasoning and tomato sauce; mix. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in macaroni, chilies and 1-1/2 cups of cheese. Pour into a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until heated through.

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Nutrition Facts

570 calories; protein 28g; carbohydrates 38.2g; fat 33.3g; cholesterol 103.9mg; sodium 1305.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (139)

Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2008
This was good & my family really enjoyed it. I changed this recipe to a one pot meal though, as opposed to using 1 pot, 1 pan, & 1 baking dish. I cooked the ground beef & onion as directed. Then I added in 1 1/2 cups water, taco seasoning, tomato sauce & the pasta UNCOOKED all together. I brought the entire thing to a boil, then covered & reduced for 15 or so minutes. Then I stirred in the green chiles & 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese. Then I topped remaining cheese & covered with lid & let cheese melt. I didn't use the oven at all and it still tasted great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2008
This was very good, Everybody loved it and my sister, who doesn't like anything even asked for the recipe. The only changes I made were, I added a chopped red bell pepper, use 1.5 cans of thick and zesty tomato sauce and crunched up some tostitos on top when I baked it. It was a little dry for my tastes, so next time I will double the tomato sauce. But I will definately make this on a regular basis. UPDATE: I make this all the time now, I have fixed the dryness - 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can of diced tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2009
This was a huge hit. I say that because when my husband first saw the recipe in my hand, he immediately began to complain. Of course, I ignored him. When this meal was prepared, it tasted so good. My husband even said (and I quote), "When you set your mind to cook Mexican food, you do an awesome job!" The only changes I made were the same suggested previously. I added a can of olives, Mexican corn, and seasoned diced tomatoes. The green chili’s made it a wee bit spicy, but no one seemed to mind. I took someone's suggestion and baked without the cheese topping for 15 minutes, then added cheese topping (and crumbled tortilla chips) and baked a remaining 10-15 minutes. I used a mixture of sharp cheddar and spicy Monterey jack cheeses. We added sour cream and guacamole on our plates. I served with a lettuce salad with tomatoes and salsa. This recipe will be one of my keepers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2008
This is so good. Far better than I expected! I did take previous suggestions of adding corn and olives, but I also added can of diced tomatoes and a small can of roasted garlic tomatoe sauce instead of the one can of plain tomatoe sauce. I added the same amount of water and followed the recipe exactly otherwise. Thank you for the awesome addition Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2008
I made this recipe for football night for my family and everyone raved about it! Even my husband who is really picky and doesn't normally like mexican food loved it. The only different thing I did was added a half can of diced tomatoes. I might add a whole can next time. I also took the suggestion of baking the casserole for 15 minutes, then putting the cheese on top with some crushed doritos and baking another 15 minutes. Awesome recipe. Thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2008
My boyfriend and I LOVED this! I did change a few things. I used ground turkey instead of beef. An 8 oz. can of tomato sauce instead, whole wheat pasta, 1 can of Rotel, sliced blk olives and a can of Mexicorn. When I baked it, I put in for 15 min and then took it out and topped it with crushed tortilla chips, the blk olives and shredded cheddar! Will def make again!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2007
I thought this was really good. Not like hamburger helper at all. I did not have everything required on hand so I made some substitutions. I used a 14 1/2 oz. can of tomatoes w/green chilis and only an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. I omitted the water and the can of green chilis. I also used cheese spread in place of chedder (except for the 1/2 c. on top.) I prepared it in the skillet without the cheese, chilled it, reheated it in the crock pot (1 hr. on high) the next day and added the cheese (melted in the microwave) 15 min. before serving at a potluck at work. I would like to try it again sticking to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2006
Very good recipe! I added a small can of sliced black olives and served with corn. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2006
In the words of my husband " This is freakin awesome" Thank you so much for a new family favorite Read More
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