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Smart-Choice Mac & Cheese Taco Bake
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Smart-Choice Mac & Cheese Taco Bake

40 Minutes
25 Min Prep
40 Min Cook
Here's classic mac and cheese combined with all of a taco's best fixins' in one easy baked dish.
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6 servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings
1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Made With 2% Milk Cheese
1 lb. lean ground beef
2 Tbsp. (about 1/2 of 1-oz. pkg.) TACO BELL® Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream
1-1/2 cups KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/2 cup TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Salsa
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Let's Make It
1
Heat oven to 400°F.
2
Prepare Dinner as directed on package. While Macaroni is cooking, brown meat in skillet; drain. Stir in seasoning mix and water. Bring to boil; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally.
3
Stir sour cream into prepared Dinner. Spoon half the Dinner mixture into 8-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with layers of meat mixture, 1 cup shredded cheese and remaining Dinner mixture. Cover.
4
Bake 15 min.; top with salsa and remaining shredded cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until cheese is melted.
Kitchen Tips
Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient substitutions, such as KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Made With 2% Milk Cheese, lean ground beef, reduced amount of TACO BELL® Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix and salsa, BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream, and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese, result in a savings of 90 calories and 13g of fat, including 5g of saturated fat, per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
Special Extra
For extra crunch and flavor, bake casserole as directed, topping with 1/2 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips along with the salsa and cheese.
Nutrition
Calories
450
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
23%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 1160mg
50%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
14%
Dietary Fibers 2g
7%
Sugars 7g
14%
Protein 32g
64%
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
45%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
6 servings, 1 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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