Macaroni and cheese goes Tex Mex with the addition of ground beef, salsa, corn, and shredded cheese.

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5 mins
17 mins
22 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat; drain. Return to skillet.

  • Add water, salsa and Macaroni; stir. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 10 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally. Add corn and Cheese Sauce Mix; stir. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through.

  • Top with cheese and onions.


Special Extra: For extra flavour, add 1 tablespoon chili powder along with the water, salsa and macaroni.

Substitute: Prepare as directed, substituting red or yellow peppers for the corn.

Nutrition Facts

538 calories; protein 34.1g; carbohydrates 56.9g; fat 21.1g; cholesterol 91.8mg; sodium 938.2mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

Rating: 4 stars
I made this tonight. I would make it again with a few changes. It was a great quick meal. The only problem I had was with putting the Tex Mex cheese at the end. The cheese just wasn't melting so I ended up having to mix it in. Then it was a little too cheesey. Next time I would leave out the cheese on top. Or put it in the oven to melt the cheese on top. Otherwise it was good and quick. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This dish was YUM! Tastes very rich, but low in calories, esp. if you rinse the beef w/hot water after browning. I like a little more beef & salsa, & add 1C chopped onion mixed in. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used leftover macaroni & cheese. Made the taco meat--spread the noodles in a non stick pan and topped it with the ground beef/salsa mixture. 20 minutes at 350 and then sprinkled the cheese and onion and into the oven for another 5. Everyone loved it....thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was really good but I didn't actually make it as is. I altered the recipe with what I had in the house. I didn't have tex mex shredded cheese, just regular marble. So I looked up what seasonings are in tex mex and added them to the meat while it cooked. I didn't have Salsa so I added Ketchup. I only had regular mac and cheese. Sorry I don't know how much ketchup or seasonings I added as I made it up as I went along, tasting along the way. I'd like to make it correctly next time to see which version I like best. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was real good and easy. Only change I made was I didn't use premade mac & cheese because we don't like it so I used plain macaroni, 1 can cheddar cheese soup and an extra cup shredded cheddar mixed in. I think it really depends on the kind of salsa you use. I happened to have a very tasty sweet corn salsa that was delicious. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! Best Kraft recipe ever! My picky husband loves it too! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Nobody at my house liked this one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this tonight... I added the red pepper and green onion while browning the meat, as well as the corn at the end...instead of substituting. The kids love it! I'm about to try. :) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My husband made this totally in the microwave it came out awesome! We were careful with the salsa this time but we would certainly add more next time! Read More