Looking for a delicious and easy to dinner to make right from the stovetop? Try this stovetop taco mac n’ cheese. It’s creamy, cheesy and loaded with taco flavor.

Stovetop Mexican Mac n’ Cheese – Healthyish Foods

What I love about this dish is that you can really make it your own. I dressed my taco mac n’ cheese with sliced avocado, crushed Frito lays chips, diced jalapeno and some cilantro. However, you can also add black beans, corn kernels, or sausage to this dish for some extra protein and veggies.

This recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights when your family wants a hot delicious meal and you dont have a ton of time. The entire dish comes together in under 30 minutes.

Looking for more mac n’ cheese recipes? Try my buffalo mac n’ cheese or my baked mac n’ cheese with roasted tomatoes.

Stovetop Mexican Mac n’ Cheese – Healthyish Foods

Stovetop Taco Mac n’ Cheese

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  • 8 ounces shellbow noodles or your favorite noodle

Cheese sauce:

  • 4 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons AP flour – all purpose , didn’t test any other flour types
  • 1.5 cups 2% milk
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 packet taco seasoning


  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced
  • handful of crushed Frito lays chips
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno , diced
  • 1 tablespoon scallion , chopped

Optional additions:

  • Crushed tomatoes drained rinsed
  • Optional toppings black beans
  • Sausage or shredded chicken
  • Sweet corn


  • saute pan
  • pasta pot
  • colander


Prepare the noodles:

  • Boil water and cook your favorite pasta according to the package. Al dente preferred as it will continue to cook in the pan. Drain the water using a colander and set the cooked pasta aside. Drizzle with olive oil to prevent sticking.

Prepare the cheese sauce:

  • Grab a large sauté pan with sides and over medium heat, melt 4 ounces of butter.
    Add 2 tablespoons of AP flour to the butter and stir until well incorporated.
  • Once the roux (butter / flour mixture) begins to bubble, slowly pour in your 2% milk.
  • Once all of the milk is combined, you should have a creamy white bechamel sauce. This bechamel sauce will act as our base.
  • Next, add in ½ cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese, and 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese. Cut the Velveeta cheese into cubes so it can melt more easily.
    Stir until full melted. You do not want the cheese to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn so keep stirring.
  • Add one packet of taco seasoning. Stir until well combined.
  • Next, add the cooked noodles into the pan with taco cheese sauce and stir until all of the noodles are well coated in cheese.
  • Top with sliced avocado, crushed Frito chips, scallions and jalapeno.
  • Serve and Enjoy!
Stovetop Mexican Mac n’ Cheese – Healthyish Foods