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Easy One Pot Tex Mex Mac and Cheese

This Easy One Pot Tex Mex Mac and Cheese is the perfect easy, cheesy weeknight family meal that's ready in under 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Easy One Pot Tex Mex Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 462kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 3/4 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1 green pepper , diced
  • 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 300 grams rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • low fat sour cream and chopped cilantro for serving


  • Brown the ground beef in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. When it's almost cooked through add the taco seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, onion and green pepper and saute until the meat is finished cooking and the pepper and onion are soft.
  • Remove the beef mixture from the skillet and add the diced tomatoes and beef stock to the hot skillet over high heat.
  • Add the pasta to the hot liquid and let the pasta cook as the liquid reduces. Stir every minute or so in order to promote even cooking.
  • Once the liquid has almost completely reduced and the pasta is cooked to al dente, stir in the Greek yogurt.
  • Add the cheese and toss until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the meat mixture back into the skillet with the pasta, stirring to combine.
  • Garnish with some bits of chopped cilantro and a dollop of sour cream and serve it up in all its cheesy glory!



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 642IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 3mg