Mac and cheese truly is the ultimate comfort food and one of my personal favorites. When it combines with flavors from one of my other favorite foods, tacos, it becomes a match made in culinary heaven! This recipe was really simple to make and I had it on the table in 30 minutes too.
Oh my goodness, this taco mac and cheese was so hearty and satisfying. It really is quick, simple and perfect for the coming colder months. Hope you all love it too! xoxo
This taco mac and cheese is pure comfort food with flavorful beef, tender shell pasta and a luscious, cheesy white sauce!
- 1 dash olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 whole onion diced small
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon beer the rest goes to the chef
- 1 whole lime juiced
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1 pound medium shells pasta
- 8 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend
First, get a large pot of water on the stove to boil for the pasta. Salt it liberally. While it comes to a boil, get out a large skillet with deep sides and heat the oil in it over medium high heat. Add the beef, onion, taco seasoning, salt, tomato paste, beer and lime juice. Stir it all together while you brown the beef and break it up. Let it all simmer together to let the liquid cook off and get it to develop flavor for about 6-8 minutes. Remove it to a plate and add the butter to the pan. Let it start to melt and then whisk the flour in. Let the flour and butter cook together and thicken for a couple of minutes until it is a thick paste. Slowly pour in the milk while you keep whisking until it is a smooth white sauce. Let it simmer and thicken for about 10 minutes, whisking it often.
While the sauce cooks, the water should be boiling. Cook the pasta until tender for about 8 minutes, then drain it. When the sauce is done, whisk in the cheese until it is a smooth cheese sauce. Then stir the beef back in and the pasta, tossing it all together thoroughly. Serve it immediately and enjoy!! It also makes fantastic leftovers! Enjoy!!