Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe

A few months ago I made Buffalo Mac and Cheese in the slow cooker, and it was such a hit that I decided to create another spin on the dish!

For this macaroni and cheese recipe I added taco seasoned ground beef and hot sauce for a delicious addition of flavor and spice!

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 12 oz macaroni noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (click link for homemade taco seasoning recipe)
  • 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 16 oz cream cheese (cubed)
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup hot sauce

Cook the macaroni noodles according to the package directions until al dente, drain and place in a large slow cooker.

Add the ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat and cook through. Drain any grease from the beef, then add the taco seasoning and diced tomatoes.

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe

Cook on low for 5 minutes then add to the slow cooker with the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and hot sauce.

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe

Stir everything together.

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe

Messy now, yes, melty deliciousness later, totally! 😉

Cover and cook on low for 1.5-2 hours. Serve immediately or turn the slow cooker setting to warm for up to 4 hours.

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese Recipe

This is definitely a spicier macaroni and cheese, so I topped the dish with fresh cilantro, avocado and sour cream to add a creamy, cool finishing touch to the recipe!

You can also cut down on the hot sauce, or use a mild hot sauce to cool down the spiciness of the dish.

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the ground beef with soy chorizo or meatless crumbles to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free macaroni pasta to make this recipe gluten-free. Make sure the taco seasoning used is gluten-free (if you make it homemade, it is!) Also, make sure that the hot sauce used is gluten-free.

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Serving Size: 6-8

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 12 oz macaroni noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (click link for homemade taco seasoning recipe)
  • 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 16 oz cream cheese (cubed)
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to the package directions until al dente, drain and place in a large slow cooker.
  2. Add the ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat and cook through.
  3. Drain any grease from the beef, then add the taco seasoning and diced tomatoes.
  4. Cook on low for 5 minutes then add to the slow cooker with the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and hot sauce.
  5. Stir everything together.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 1.5-2 hours.
  7. Serve immediately or turn the slow cooker setting to warm for up to 4 hours.
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