RECIPES

Taco Macaroni and Cheese Bake

This baked mac and cheese combines spicy pepper jack, cheddar and cream cheese with ground beef and fresh vegetables to give you all the flavor of your favorite taco in a bowl.

Wisconsin Cheese Taco Macaroni and Cheese Bake Recipe
Active Time
20 minutes
Servings
8

Ingredients

Cheese

Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Cheddar, Cream Cheese or Monterey Jack can be used in this recipe.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, cook beef with onion in a Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in garlic and taco seasoning. Add the corn, tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, green chilies, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add cream cheese, stirring until smooth. Gradually stir in 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup pepper jack until melted. Stir in pasta. Remove from the heat. 
  5. Spoon pasta mixture in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and pepper jack. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cheeses are melted. Let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish servings with sour cream and green onions.

Recipe Tip

  • Make-ahead tip: The dish can be prepared up to a day in advance, and then baked. Cool casserole; cover and refrigerate. Let stand on counter for 40 minutes before baking. Bake dish as directed, adding 5-10 minutes, or until temperature near the center reaches 165°F.

Cheesemonger Tip

Select for cheesemonger info

Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Flecked with chopped chilies, pepper jack is a blend of mild monterey jack cheese with, typically, green and red jalapeño peppers. The peppers give the cheese a spicy kick, and the level of heat varies by the brand.

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