Taco Bake

This Taco Bake is perfect for big families or if you need lots of leftovers. We are the latter, and can eat on this for 4 days!! 4!!

It’s a simple dish to bake that uses easy to find ingredients, that’s a win in my book! This meal can be easily adapted to your preference and is well loved by kids and adults alike. My 11 month old even approves! 👶🏻

So what do I need to make the Taco Bake?

  • a box of macaroni noodles
  • unsalted butter
  • a pound of ground beef
  • a can of black beans
  • a can of mild Rotel
  • taco seasoning
  • a can of enchilada sauce
  • cheddar cheese
  • pepper jack cheese
  • cream cheese (all the cheese 🥰)

How to make it your own:

  • spice it up by switching out the mild Rotel for original or spicy
  • add a 1/4 cup medium green chiles for an extra kick and that green chile flavor that I can’t get enough of
  • Top your serving with avocado for extra healthy fats
  • Or top with extra cheese
  • Swap the ground beef for ground turkey for a leaner option
  • Swap black beans for pinto beans if you really want to (or are out of black beans), although this is my least favorite swap as you know I love my black beans 🤪
  • Use a different type of pasta

Taco Bake

It's everything you love in a taco, all together in one delicious casserole-style dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 1 pound box macaroni noodles
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef 93% lean
  • 1 can black beans no salt added, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can mild Rotel
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning 1 serving
  • 3 oz cream cheese cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Boil noodles as indicated on package. Save 1/4 cup pasta water. Drain and return to pot.
  • Add pasta water, butter, and enchilada sauce to the noodles and stir together.
  • While noodles are boiling, brown ground beef and then drain grease.
  • Add black beans (drained and rinsed), Rotel, and taco seasoning to the ground beef and let cook on low for 5 minutes.
  • Add cream cheese to the ground beef mixture and cook on low until cheese is melted.
  • Combine the noodles and ground beef mixture in a baking dish (I love my Pyrex bake and store for this).
  • Mix the two together and then top with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Serve topped with avocado slices and chipotle chili pepper for added spice!

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