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Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese is such an easy dinner that kids love! Affordable ingredients, delicious and great for busy weeknights!


taco mac and cheese in a black slow cooker.


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Slow Cooker Taco Mac and Cheese on a white plate with wooden background.


If you love slow cooker dinners, then this recipe is for you!

Macaroni and cheese is always a family favorite, but this taco mac and cheese takes it to a whole new level. It's loaded with pasta, cheese, beef and taco seasoning.

This recipe is super easy when you cook the pasta and ground beef ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. You can change the shredded cheese you use, try ground turkey and so much more. It's easy to customize and make it exactly how your family loves.

You can serve it for Taco Tuesday and top with your favorite taco toppings. It's budget friendly and family friendly. We sometimes serve it with a salad instead of taco toppings.

I don't like mushy pasta and this macaroni comes out perfect. It's slightly undercooked before you add it to the slow cooker so it doesn't get overcooked.


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Recipe tips:


  • This recipe can be topped with all of your favorite taco toppings if desired.


taco mac and cheese ingredients in slow cooker before being cooked.


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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:


  • use ground turkey instead of ground beef
  • add diced onion with the ground beef
  • use pepper jack cheese instead of fiesta blend
  • add minced garlic with the ground beef
  • add crushed red pepper
  • use cheddar cheese instead of fiesta blend
  • add diced bell pepper with the ground beef
  • use cooked, diced chicken breast instead of ground beef


spoon scooping mac and cheese from the slow cooker.


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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family did!



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