This recipe was originally described as a “healthier” version of Hamburger Helper — but since it’s been so long since I’ve had Hamburger Helper, I don’t know if that’s correct! Ha!

This was tasty — we’d have it again in a heartbeat. I think it would be a hit with relatively picky eaters or kids…it tastes JUST ENOUGH like junk food to lure you in. šŸ™‚

When you re-heat leftovers of this, you may need to add a small amount of water to it — it dries out quickly!

Creamy Taco Mac

(delish blog)

1.25 lbs ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef…pick your pleasure)
8 oz dry pasta + 1 cup reserved pasta water
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes
1 packet mild taco seasoning
3 oz cream cheeseĀ  (can use low fat)
1/2 cup sour cream (can use low fat)
salt & pepper
cheddar cheese (optional)


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta per directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water

– Over medium heat, brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Allow to simmer over low heat for 5 minutes

– Add cooked pasta, reserved water, cream cheese and sour cream

– Give it a good stir until cheeses are melty and incorporated.Ā  Simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt & pepper, as desired

– Top off with cheddar cheese

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