Cheesy skillet pasta with ground beef. Use hot salsa for a nice kick.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 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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  • Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

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  • Return skillet to heat. Stir salsa, taco seasoning mix, and black pepper into the beef; simmer the mixture until hot, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir water, macaroni, and milk into the beef mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the skillet, and simmer the mixture until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir cheese food and Cheddar cheese into the pasta mixture; cook until the cheese melts completely, 5 to 7 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

487 calories; protein 32.1g 64% DV; carbohydrates 30.4g 10% DV; fat 26.2g 40% DV; cholesterol 102.5mg 34% DV; sodium 1209.5mg 48% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2018
Pretty good! Not great but I'll try to make again for my son and I. Followed this recipe and it makes a ton! I didn't add as much cheese though cause I don't like a lot of cheese. Can't believe I didn't have veggies in my house while I cooked this cause mixing can of corn onions and or bell peppers is a good idea!! Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2018
Pretty good! Not great but I'll try to make again for my son and I. Followed this recipe and it makes a ton! I didn't add as much cheese though cause I don't like a lot of cheese. Can't believe I didn't have veggies in my house while I cooked this cause mixing can of corn onions and or bell peppers is a good idea!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2018
Needs a little more "kick"... I'll add some hot sauce next time I make it. I'm not a fan of "cheese food," so I used a Mexican mix shredded cheese to replace it. That worked great! I'm feeding 5 and a few of them have pretty big appetites (weight lifters and martial artists), so I always have to double these recipes. It can be a challenge to find a pot big enough for these one pot meals. But this one fits just great in my Ninja Cooker! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2018
This was really good! Husband also loved it! I made mine own salsa from this site "D's Famous Salsa" which we also love. I cooked my noodles according to the directions on the package and didn't add the water from the recipe....just cook's error but still worked out. Only added a half cup of milk plus a little more maybe an additional 1/8 of a cup....because my salsa is a bit runny the way we like it so only added milk to what I needed to make the consistency I wanted. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2013
This was yummy quick and easy. I would have given it 5 stars but I couldn't since I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I just used 1 cup of salsa which was plenty for us and I didn't have Velveeta so I just used about 2 C. shredded cheddar cheese. Since there was no milk measurement so I left it out. It looked the Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni (i think that was the name of it) we used to eat as kids but this tastes way better since we used fresh ingredients. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2016
Love it! It's like nacho cheese dip with pasta. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2017
I did not have the salsa so I used 1 can Rotel and 1 can petite diced tomatoes. Also I chopped up one small onion and 1/2 green pepper and cooked them after the beef. Added a dash of crushed red peppers when cooking the mixture. And like someone else I added 1 1/2 cups cooked corn just before serving - about 2 min. We loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2015
Delicious gooey comfort food with a spicy kick. I used homemade salsa/pico de gallo and substituted Nacho Cheese Sauce (found here on Allrecipes) in place of the Velveeta only because I'm not a fan of the taste. Please excuse me while I go and have another bowl. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2018
I had to use store-bought salsa and chose to use extra shredded cheese instead of the processed cheese food that I don't like and it still turned out awesome! I would definitely make this again!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2018
I used salsa verde instead and the flavor was great! Read More