Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Jennie Perkins Modified: March 24, 2022
Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe showcases classic taco flavorings. It is made with ground turkey, beans, pasta shells, and perfectly gooey cheese.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • tspgarlic powder
  • tspcumin
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • tspchili powder
  • tsppaprika
  • ½tsporegano

For Chili:

  • 1⅓lb93% lean ground turkey
  • 1mediumonion,chopped
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1red bell pepper,chopped
  • 10ozRotel tomatoes with green chilies,(1 can)
  • 14½ozpink beans,(1 can), or red beans, drained
  • 8oztomato sauce
  • 8ozfat-free refried beans,½ can
  • 15ozchicken broth,(1 can), reduced sodium
  • cupswater
  • 8ozDeLallo Gluten Free shells
  • ¾cupsharp cheddar cheese,part-skim, shredded
  • 2tbspfresh cilantro,chopped
  • 2tbspscallions,chopped


  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or pot with a fitted lid over medium-high heat and spray with oil, brown the turkey breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.

  2. When cooked through, add the onions, garlic, pepper and taco seasoning; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add the canned tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, refried beans, chicken broth and water.

  4. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Adjust salt to taste.

  5. Stir in the uncooked pasta and simmer uncovered over medium heat until al dente, about 6 minutes or according to package directions.

  6. Remove the pot from heat and top with the cheese, cover and let sit for about 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese melts.

  7. Serve immediately garnished with fresh cilantro and scallions.


  • Calories: 364.94kcal
  • Fat: 12.81g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.32g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.87g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.77g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.50g
  • Fiber: 6.24g
  • Sugar: 6.90g
  • Protein: 24.67g
  • Cholesterol: 70.16mg
  • Sodium: 739.23mg
  • Calcium: 156.97mg
  • Potassium: 770.70mg
  • Iron: 3.71mg
  • Vitamin A: 138.22µg
  • Vitamin C: 115.31mg
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