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One Skillet Taco Chili Mac and Cheese

This One Skillet Taco Chili Mac and Cheese is warming, healthy and delicious! Spicy taco style beef, tons of veggies, cheese and pasta! One skillet meal goodness!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword one skillet meal, taco chili, taco chili mac and cheese, taco mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 jalapeno deseeded and diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups mexican shredded cheese
  • 1 8 oz. box cavatappi pasta (or similar)
  • 2 14.5 oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 oz. can light kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 10 oz. can of rotel, undrained

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno


  1. Begin by prepping your vegetables. Dice your onion, mince your garlic, dice your bell pepper, deseed and dice your jalapeno. Set aside. In a large 4 qt sauce pan, add a tbsp of olive oil. Let it heat on medium heat until it becomes hot. Once hot, add in your onions. 

  2. Cook your onions for 1-2 minutes and then add in your ground beef, breaking it up as you cook. Let cook for 5-7 minutes until fully cooked through. Once cooked, add in your garlic, bell pepper, jalapeno and mix to combine. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. While it's cooking, in a small bowl combine your spices to make your homemade taco seasoning. Spread the seasoning evenly over the meat/veggie mixture and mix to combine. 

  3. Now, add your UNDRAINED cans of tomatoes and beans directly to the pot, along with 1 cup of water. Stir together and taste to adjust for seasoning. Let this simmer on the stove, covered, for 10-15 minutes. 

  4. Once it has been simmering for a while, add in your uncooked pasta directly to the pot and make sure each noodle is pretty submerged. Let that cook for about 6-7 more minutes or until the pasta is al dente. 

  5. Once your pasta is done, add in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Mix to melt the cheese. Next, top the rest of the skillet with the other 1 cup of cheese. Place a lid on the pan and let the cheese melt for about 3 or so minutes. Once it's melted, garnish with sour cream/cilantro/more jalapenos and eat up! Enjoy!