This is another of those dishes that really stretches a pound of ground beef and can feed a big family. It's also something kids will eat without complaining and it's easy. If they like tacos and mac and cheese, and most kids do, it's all in this dish. If you are cooking for two, you can put this in two smaller casseroles and freeze one. Just don't top with the crushed tortilla chips until you take it out to bake it.
Add 1 envelope taco seasoning, dash of pepper, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 cup salsa, and 1 cup water. Bring to a low boil and then turn down to just simmer. Add 1 can ranch or chili beans.
Cook 2 cups macaroni as directed on the package. Drain the pasta and put back in the pan. Add cubed cream cheese and sour cream. Once it has melted mix it through the macaroni.
Finish the top with crushed tortilla chips. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. You can serve this with taco toppings on the side...sour cream, olives, sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos and let everyone garnish as they like or just serve it as is.
Taco Mac Supreme!
1 lb. ground beef ( I prefer ground chuck)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 can chili beans or ranch style beans
1 cup salsa of your choice
1 cup water
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cups macaroni
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups lightly crushed tortilla chips (If you like more spicy flavor, you can use Doritos)