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Tex-Mex Meaty Mac 'n' Cheese Casserole

Here is a delightful Tex-Mex casserole that recreates the favorite mac 'n' cheese with yummy Mexican flavors.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Kid-Friendly
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 285kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion small, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 6 ounces whole-grain macaroni dry or penne, or 3 cups cooked
  • 16 ounces salsa jar, no sugar added
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro freshly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups Mexican style cheese shredded, low-fat (optional cheddar)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook ground turkey and onion, breaking up turkey as it cooks. Once turkey is cooked and there's no more pink color, drain and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, add 1 teaspoon salt, then add pasta. Cook pasta just until al dente, drain.
  • Add to the meat and onions, chili powder, cumin, pepper, and cilantro, stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients and toss with a large spoon until combined. Spoon into a 9 x 13-inch casserole pan. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and casserole is heat through.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 806mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4