Beefy Mexican Mac

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Beefy Mexican Mac
SERVES
6
COOK TIME
20 Min

Our Beefy Mexican Mac is the new fiesta-inspired, easy weeknight dinner recipe you want to make. It's packed with savory flavors and lots of beef! How can you resist? The taco seasoning really brings out the boldness that will have your taste buds dancing to a south of the border beat! Don't worry, we made this with low-carb pasta and lean beef, so you can enjoy dinner without feeling guilty.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet reduced-sodium dry taco seasoning mix
  • 8 ounces low-carb pasta twists

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot over high heat, brown ground beef and onion 8 to 10 minutes or until no pink remains in beef and onion is tender. Add water, corn, tomatoes, and taco seasoning; mix well. 
  2. Bring to a boil then stir in pasta. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve immediately. 

Test Kitchen Tip

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 358
  • Calories from Fat 82
  • Total Fat 9.1g 14 %
  • Saturated Fat 3.2g 16 %
  • Trans Fat 0.5g 0 %
  • Protein 22g 45 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 49mg 16 %
  • Sodium 432mg 18 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 49g 16 %
  • Dietary Fiber 7.1g 28 %
  • Sugars 6.3g 0 %

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This recipe really surprised me. It was a bit soupy the first day but the leftovers were excellent and reminded me of the way my mother used to make pasta with the chunks of meat and tomatoes. My wife is not diabetic but often partakes in what I cook since she doesn't like to cook. I made a couple changes in this recipe to lower the calories. 1st, I used ground turkey 2nd was whole wheat rotini. These 2 changes brought the calorie count down into the low 300s per serving. Now back to my wife...she doesn't care for spicy food. So the next time I make this, I'm going to try just one packet of the taco mix and see if it still have the flavor without being too spicy. Thanks to Mr. Food and the Diabetic Recipes, I'm learning to cook and which is even more important, I've lost 30 lbs since being diagnosed 2 months ago.

Hi there! We're so glad to hear that you love our recipes. :) Keep checking back for more! Enjoy!

I tried using only 1 packet of taco mix and it was rather bland. On another note, using a scale, I found 1 serving to be approximately 10oz.

very surprised that the Diabetic recipes don't include the sugar and carb count?? Am I missing this somewhere?

Hi there! You can find the Nutritional Information for each recipe after the instructions. Just click on the "Show More" button on the right side of the tab that says "Nutritional Information." Enjoy!

Just made this tonight. Highly recommend with the following caveats Either use a full box of whole- grain Rotini (usually 13.5 oz), or use only 3 cups water. While the corn and tomatos w/chilis are fully drained, between their reduction and the beef/onions, there is additional liquid which the pasta doesn't/ can't absorb. Also, to clarify, use 1.5 packs (1oz each pack so you end up with .5 oz left over) of the low-sodium taco seasoning (Taco Bell puts out a 1oz pack of low-sodium taco seasoning, which you can probably find in the International aisle of your local grocery store. This is a seriously good recipe for a fast dinner everyone in the family will love.

I truly love the idea of one-pot meals, but often I have found they add spices that I just cannot deal with. All the medications I am on, my mouth is sensitive now, I cannot deal with spicy hot seasonings any more. Do you have any suggestions for something other than the taco seasonings?

Hi there! You can make an equivalent mixture of dried garlic, onion and basil as substitution in this recipe. Keep in mind that it will change the flavor of the original recipe. We would love to hear how this turns out for you. Enjoy!

I would try this with Cauliflower instead of pasta to reduce the carbs. It should taste good if not exactly the same. Using spaghetti squash would also be good to reduce carbs. Then I would not have to reduce serving size. If you increase servings to 8, carbs reduce to a little over 37g. Cooking for health is an adventure worth taking.

I agree with mottlucy2454809. 50 gms of carbs in a serving is not low carb. I think I am going to unsuscribe. You just aren't meeting the needs of diabetic cooks.

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After reading these "REVIEWS," it's very obvious that the site needs to offer more recipes that CHILDREN can accomplish without parental supervision!

rossmart - So you can spell. Run-on sentences, capitalization and punctuation are lessons you seemed to have missed. Glass houses?

You can make your own taco seasoning to take out some of the sodium. I make my own and sometimes my own salsa which I add to zest it up. this is a good base recipe to change up to your specifications. People need to learn to not be afraid to change things up. IF you don't try, you will never learn.

Thank you for adding nutritional s to the recipes. Now we can more easily lighten it up, make healthy substitutions as well as eat healthier by making better choices.

@Mottlucy that is the total only 39% out of 100% there is still 60 % and i for one dont even eat that much salt or sodium in any food ..... also btw you need to learn to spell as well it is not "sight" (meaning eyes) ... it is "site" and if you dont like it then unsubscribe no one is making you visit this site ......

If this is a reciipe for a diabetic I need a new web sight. 122 gm per serving. Who are you kidding.

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