Cheesy Salsa Mac


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

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean)

  • 2 cups fresh salsa

  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cups hot water

  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 (8 ounce) package processed cheese food (such as Velveeta®), cut into cubes

  • 4 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

487 Calories
26g Fat
30g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 487
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1210mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 433mg 33%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 682mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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