Easy Gluten-Free Taco Mac and Cheese
This easy gluten-free taco mac and cheese is a super quick and oh so tasty Mexican-inspired meal that’s sure to be a family favorite and a recipe you’ll want to whip up again and again!
Macaroni and cheese and I go way back. My favorite food as a child was the boxed mac and cheese. Sometimes my mom would change things up and add slices of wieners. As much as I loved that as a child, as an adult I’m not really down with wieners and mac and cheese for dinner. But taco mac and cheese… yeah, I’m totally down with that!
To create my gluten-free taco mac and cheese, I used the new gluten-free mac and cheese from Horizon. Yay! Now even my gluten-free friends can enjoy a yummy mac and cheese meal. Horizon gluten-free pasta tastes great and brings the cheesiness kids (and adults!) crave. Made with organic pasta from a blend of rice, lentil, and corn flour and real organic cheese, Horizon mac is the kind of thing you just can’t outgrow.
- 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup canned corn kernels drained
- 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 4.5-ounce can chopped green chilies, undrained
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 cup mild salsa
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning I used a brand that's pretty strong, you may want to use additional taco seasoning, depending on preference.
- 1 box Horizon Organic Gluten-Free Mac
- chopped fresh cilantro leaves and diced avocado optional for garnish
Heat about 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add ground turkey, onion and garlic. Cook and crumble meat until it is no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as desired to taste.
Stir in corn, black beans and green chilies until well combined. Add tomatoes, salsa, taco seasoning, macaroni noodles, powder cheese (from Horizon boxed mac) and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in fresh cilantro and top with chopped avocado, if desired. Enjoy!
This taco mac and cheese also works wonderful as a make-ahead meal. Leftovers were fabulous! Now, head on over to the Horizon on Pinterest for more quick, easy, delicious meal ideas!
Something to think about….
Are you a mac and cheese lover, like me? Did you grow up on the stuff?
Does your family have taco Tuesday? If so, and it’s getting a bit boring; this taco mac and cheese is the perfect alternative.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.