Taco Mac N’ Cheese

by Nanny Bubby

I love comfort food during the fall. It is great for when the trick or treaters come home. They are cold and ready for a great warming meal. This is a one skillet meal, so it is a simpler recipe for the cook at home to pull together while multi-tasking between homework, or trick or treaters at the door, or football and whatever else comes about during a cool autumn night. Enjoy!

Total Time:

35 minutes




  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 diced sweet onion
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 cl. garlic minced.
  • 1 lbs. 8/20 ground meat.
  • 1 Tbsp. Nanny Bubby’s Taco Seasoning*
  • 1 c. beef stock
  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni cooked
  • 6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sour cream green onions, and avocado for garnish.


  • In a large, heated cast iron skillet add the olive oil. As soon as it shimmers, add the onion and brown. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook until it caramelizes and brown bits begin to form at the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the garlic and sauté with the onion and paste for about 30 seconds. If the garlic begins to burn add a tablespoon of the beef broth to slow down the cooking.
  • Add the meat to the skillet. Stirring frequently while breaking up the ground meat with a wooden spoon or spatula, brown the meat about 7-9 minutes.
  • Add Nanny Bubby’s Taco Seasoning* to the meat and combine evenly coating the meat well.
  • Add the beef stock and bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Combine the elbow macaroni into the sauce and combine well.
  • Sprinkle the top heavily with the cheddar cheese and garnish with sour cream, green onions, and avocado.
  • Serve right out of the skillet along with traditional taco shells, jicama taco shells, or Cheese Keto taco shells.
  • Enjoy!



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