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On more occasions than I can count, this recipe has saved me.  Taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, ground turkey or chicken, and elbow macaroni. 

Umm, that’s it – all ingredients I always have in my pantry and fridge and at least once a month when I come home from work and I’m not “feeling” what I had originally planned for dinner, this meal is ready to eat in 15 minutes.  It’s basically homemade hamburger helper (but waaaaay healthier) and since Kyle and my opinions differ so vastly on the topic of the store-bought stuff (I’ll save you from the gory details), I’m happy to be able to make this for both of us to really enjoy. 

The taco seasoning recipe linked below is has been my favorite for a while now and I make big batches of it and store it in a glass mason jar.  The addition of ancho chile powder might possibly be the most genius idea I’ve seen in ages and since it doesn’t have the spicy heat that regular chile (or chili) powder does, don’t worry about the 1/4 cup of taco seasoning the recipe calls for – the cream cheese and sour cream do a nice job of cooling off the dish anyway. 

Guess what’s on my menu again for this week?!   Will it be on yours too?

 

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Creamy Taco Mac
source: adapted from Delish

1 1/4 lbs (20 oz) ground turkey or chicken
8 oz dry pasta + 1 cup reserved pasta water
1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
4 Tbsp mild taco seasoning
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus 1/2 cup extra for serving (optional)
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Sour cream (for serving, optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta per directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water.

Over medium heat, brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Allow to simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, reserved water, cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Give it a good stir until cheeses are melted and incorporated.  Simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Top off with cheddar cheese and sour cream if desired.

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