Kid-Friendly Food: Taco Bake {Perfect For Picky Eaters}

**This Taco Bake recipe post is sponsored by Lunchbox, all opinions are my own**

Easy dinner idea

You can make every day delicious with Kraft! And that’s just what we did when we made their Taco Bake recipe! What I loved about this recipe is my kids, who are probably the world’s pickiest eaters, loved it. To find something all five of us enjoy is rare, so this Taco Bake will be a regular meal for us. It’s perfect for holiday get-togethers or anytime you want something that’s quick, easy and tasty! For the Taco Bake, you only need six ingredients (though we only used five of the six)!

Taco Bake

Taco Bake Ingredients

I started the Taco Bake by cooking the deluxe mac and cheese per the package instructions. While it’s cooking, I went ahead and made my meat and added the taco seasoning according to the instructions. Once the mac and cheese finished cooking, I drained the noodles and added the cheese packet, then mixed it well. Next, I added sour cream to the mac and cheese! While the recipe, on the site, calls for salsa we left it out, due to picky eaters, so we omitted that step from the Taco Bake recipe.

Taco Bake Instructions

In a greased 8×8 pan you will layer half of the mac and cheese mixture, followed by the meat, shredded cheese, then the rest of the mac and cheese mixture. Bake the Taco Bake in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then top with remaining shredded cheese (and salsa if desired) and return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove and enjoy!

Easy Taco Bake

I added some freshly made salsa to mine, and it was delish. You could add some canned veggies into the casserole or top with black beans when it’s done cooking. You really can jazz up the Taco Bake, the possibilities are endless! Of course, the Taco Bake isn’t the only recipe you can enjoy at your next celebration or just when you want to add something new to your dinner menu. Here are some more recipes you can try:

  • Buffalo Chicken Mac
  • Creamy Turkey & Noodles
  • Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites
  • Savory Mini Cheese Balls
  • Christmas Tree Cheese Board
  • Zippy Turkey Pot Pie
  • Velveeta Fudge
  • Christmas Tree Cookie Ball Pops
  • Candy Cane Dessert Minis
  • Cheddar and Sausage Cheese Board
  • Queso Fundido Totchos
  • The Single-Best Cheeseburger
  • Taco Bake
  • Cookie Butter Cheesecake
  • Slow-Cooker Cheesy Bacon Strata
  • Mint Chocolate Pudding Fudge
  • White Chocolate-Peppermint Pudding Cookies
  • Festive Minty Mocha Trifle
  • Snowball Cake

Your family or guest will love anything you make; you can find the recipes here. Even better, when you are #CookingUpHolidays, you can save with several coupon offers. We know this recipe will be a regular addition to our dinner list, it’s quick and easy to make, and everyone in the family loves it. Thanks to Kraft for thinking about busy families with picky eaters when they came up with this recipe! What would you add to your Taco Bake?


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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!