Taco Mac and a Rotel Giveaway!

**UPDATE**  The lucky winner is comment #109!  Congratulations to Addie!  I hope you enjoy your prize!!

I’m doing something very rare … I’m hosting a giveaway!

Taco Mac If you have read my blog you know I have an ongoing, and passionate, love affair with Rotel tomatoes.  They are a pantry staple in my kitchen and I use them in all sorts of Tex-mex dishes (See my  Baked Sopes with Skirt Steak and Black Beans and Beef Empinadas.)  I even used them in a new recipe perfect for the cooler weather.  Taco Mac – cheesy pasta spiked with seasoned taco meat and Rotel tomatoes – combines my love of tacos and macaroni and cheese in one comforting dish.

We will get back to the Taco Mac, but right now let’s talk giveaway!  The folks at Rotel asked me if I would be interested in sharing the love, and giving out a pretty sweet Queso Prize Pack.  I had to say yes!  The party pack will contain ingredients for Queso Dip for 100, a $50 grocery gift card and goodies for entertaining and tailgating from Fans Edge.  You can enter this contest three ways:

  • First, leave comment below and tell me about your favorite game day snacks
  • Second, on Twitter tweet the following (you must leave a comment with the link to your tweet):

Feed Their Game Face & #ShareTheQueso! Enter to win a @Ro_Tel Prize Pack via @BakingBlog http://bit.ly/dduZ9H

That’s three chances to win a prize pack that will come in handy now that football, hockey, and basketball seasons are well underway!  This giveaway is sponsored by ConAgra Foods.  The giveaway ends November 7, 2010 at 11 pm CST.   The winner will be selected at random and notified via email no later than November 8, 2010. So, good luck … and here is some Taco Mac love!

Taco Mac     Serves 6

8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 recipe taco seasoning (recipe follows)
1 can Rotel Tomatoes, un-drained
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
3 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3 ounces shredded queso quesadilla, divided
3 ounces shredded colby-jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
Sour cream to garnish

Taco Seasoning      Yield enough to season 1 pound of ground meat

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or less to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, but reduce the cooking time by one minute.  Drain and set aside.

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray a 2-1/2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

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In a large skillet over medium heat melt the butter until it foams.  Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about three minutes.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about thirty seconds.  Add the ground beef and cook until thoroughly browned, about ten minutes.  Drain away any excess fat.

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Add the Rotel tomatoes, taco seasoning, and salt and cook until thickened, about five minutes.  Turn off the heat and cool slightly.

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In a medium bowl combine the evaporated milk and egg until well mixed.  Pour the egg and milk mixture into the beef, stirring constantly.  Add the cooked pasta and turn to coat.

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Pour half the meat mixture into the casserole.  Add 2 ounces each of the cheddar, colby-jack, and queso quesadilla cheeses.  Pour over the remaining meat and top with the rest of the cheese and the crushed tortilla chips.

Bake for thirty minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling and the top is melted and browned.  Cool for five minutes before serving.  Garnish with cold sour cream.

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Evil Shenanigans Product Review Policy and DisclosureConAgra Foods is providing the prize for this contest at no cost to me.  My participation in this promotion has entered me into a prize drawing, but I did not accept monetary compensation for reviewing or writing about this contest.   Any opinion expressed is my own and is not influenced in any way by the manufacturer/PR firm.  I only review products that I have personally tested and endorse.

© 2010, Evil Shenanigans. All rights reserved.

Author: Kelly

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  • Ooh… Yum! Love that Taco Mac. Lately our favorite game day snack is Pizza, but now you have me craving some queso dip.

  • I love roasted chickpeas with all sorts o’ spices!

  • Normally, I’d say nachos, but this is looking pretty damn good! 🙂

  • Nachos or potato skins!

  • Rose in Ohio

    Yes, RoTel—it’s a staple in my pantry, too. Favorite game day snacks? Hot sausage and cheese dip w/tortilla chips; steamed shrimp; fresh fruit chunks with a creamy dip; artichoke spread; black bean and corn salsa.

    rosemills (at) bex (dot) net

  • and THIS is what i miss about texas!

  • Rose in Ohio
  • My favorite game day snack is always a mexican dip (any kind)! 7-layer, queso, or even just salsa does it for me!

  • Michelle


    I’d say nachos or fried mozzarella sticks 🙂

  • jillian

    i have a weakness for buffalo wings and a good mexican bean dip!

  • Ashley H

    My fave are chips and dip, chicken wings, and pizza.

  • Mmmm this is some great yummy dish! Love tacos and love all that cheese and the noodles. Super recipe!

  • Nikki

    7 layer dip…all my favorites into one- salsa, beans & guac. We love it!

  • Martin D. Findley

    Game day is me and a bag of jumbo sunflower seeds. Then a nice BBQ’d steak for dinner with a baked potatoe!

  • Holly H.

    I love spicy queso and chips! Definetely my guilty pleasure 🙂 This taco mac looks soooo good!

  • Jenn

    Oh, without a doubt our must have snacks are buffalo tenders and queso dip with tostito scoops. Now, I’m sure the taco mac will make it into steady rotation! Thanks for the ideas!!

  • Virginia

    My favorite game day treat would have to be smoked sausage and cheese with barbeque sauce! We had that all the time in Oxford, and it’s something that’s so hard to get in D.C.!

  • Chips and guacamole for me! Great game day food!

  • Mercy

    I gotta say…either nachos, garlic fries, or buffalo wings!

  • meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    Our favorite game day snack is nachos!!!!OH YEAH!!!
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  • This is definitely something I could sink my teeth into.. my boyfriend is going to love this!

  • meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    tweeted too
    That recipe looks great! I am gonna make some for real!
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  • meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    shared on facebook and like both of ya!!!Thanks and have a wonderful and happy week
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  • Texana

    Oh, my goodness!!! What a give-away! Our favorite game day snack involves a can of Rotel, a Block of Velveeta, A can of Wolf Brand Chili No Beans, and a couple big bags of Corn chips…Put it all in the crock pot early, and by game time it is an oooey goooey hearty snack, pour it over a plate of chips and top with chopped onions and jalapeno slices for a yummy “frito pie”.

  • We’re rather traditionalist for this sort of occasion and we like something simple like hot dogs and chips. If we are watching on TV then we go more healthy and choose popcorn to snack on and chicken for a meal. Do the grocery cards only work in certain stores?

  • I love BBQ chicken dip with tortilla chips, and spicy sausage balls! Yummmm!

  • OMG this looks YUMMY! I will be making this this week!

    My favorite snacks are cheeseballs, a big bowl of chili, pigs in a blanket, and of course, rotel dip!

  • shared the link and became a fan of ES!

  • This dish looks pretty game-day friendly to me! Kettle popcorn, chicken fingers, and of course, sticky chicken wings!

  • Nichola


  • So are non-Americans eligible? I’m guessing not, since RoTel isn’t available outside the US, but figured I’d double check just in case.
    Honestly, I’d happily maim (and possibly kill) someone to get my hands on that many cans of RoTel tomatoes, because you can’t find them on this side of the border. 🙁

  • Sheila

    I love Queso Dip made with RoTel. I also make a great dish we call Chicken Rancho made with RoTel.

  • Jessica F

    Nachos for sure!

  • Sheila

    I also shared the link on facebook.;)

  • Bailie Marie

    I just used Ro-Tel in a casserole last week, I also always use it to make queso. mmmmmmmmmmmm now I want nachos!

  • Mellisa W.

    Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos if it is just us. But if there is a crowd then it has to be Rotel queso.

  • I always make a taco dip for Superbowl Sunday, but this looks even better!

  • I love anything that is spicy on game day-chili,nachos,wings,bean dip! I would love to win this and I would take it to my son at college-he would think he won the lottery(so would his poor, starving fraternity brothers)haha! Great giveaway!

  • jacquie

    nice hard crunchy preztels. or the old standby popcorn.

  • Chili all the way…with all the fixin’s! (cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro, chips, corn bread, fresh tomato, onion, jalapeno, etc. 🙂 YUMMY!)

  • Jessica

    I love to make chicken wing dip or just good old chips and salsa!

  • Danielle

    My favorite game day snacks are definitely chips and dip! I can never get enough! 🙂

  • Danielle

    Also – I made the Taco Mac for dinner tonight and it was delicious!!! My husband thought it was a hit. Thank you ES!

  • catharine

    Nachos…all that cheesy goodness!

  • Janora Barton

    baby bell peppers stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon.

  • Summer

    Lil’ Smokies in a cheese sauce..I like adding taco sauce to the cheese ..yum!

  • My favorite gameday snack must have GUACAMOLE on it!!!

  • Oh, my! That looks so delicious.

    I usually make a black bean salsa for game day. It’s yum-o!

  • I ahared it on Facebook.

  • Nice post. I love anything that goes on nachos!

  • Topper

    Homemade hummus and pita chips, chicken wings, buffalo chicken dip, well just about anything! The taco mac looks divine! Thanks for the receipt!

  • Charlene

    I love game day and I like to make buffalo chicken dip!
    Have a great week!

  • We make a taco dip by spreading cream cheese on a plate and then layering with salsa, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and whatever else strikes our fancy. My son loves queso!

  • Patty Jensen

    We love to make “Chili Dip”. Very easy, very tasty. Soften 8 oz cream cheese in microwave. To this add one can of Chili (either with or without beans). Place back into microwave and heat, slightly. Serve with chips or veggies. If there is any leftover, very easy to reheat with your microwave.

  • We love queso and chips, really any dip and chips but queso is one of our all time favorites!

  • Carrie

    I have so many favorite game day snacks! Chili cheese dip, bbq smokies, garlic butter pretzels, loaded nachos, veggies and dip, oh my – my list would be endless if I kept going. If I had to pick one, it would be the loaded up nachos. But it’s never one for us – game day munchies are at least half the reason I adore football season!

  • We love all types of mexican food. Quest and chips, Queso, add chili and frito on the side. We pour it over hot dogs, frozen burrito casserole. YUM YUM

  • Jan

    We love to have pizza bites and pepperoni bread.

  • Becca

    My favorite game day snack is buffalo chicken dip, but that taco mac looks AMAZINGLY yumalicious! A definite must try for me!

  • Becca

    I Tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/BeccaCIT/status/29472979194

  • Becca

    I shared the giveaway link on my Facebook page http://www.facebook/com/foodiebec and I was already a fan of both Evil Shenanigans and Rotel 🙂

  • Our favorite game day snack is Buffalo Chicken Dip – so yummy! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • That looks really yummy!
    Queso dip is def. one of our house favorites!

  • Laura

    Without a doubt, it’s just plain old Velveeta and Rotel!!! Both are staples at our house, especially during football season.

  • I’m a huge fan of Mexican corn dip with Fritos scoops. Can’t get enough of that stuff!

  • I tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/vraklis

  • I shared the link on my facebook page and I also like you now! THanks for giving the link to your facebook page.

  • What an awesome giveaway! My fave gameday foods are nachos, chips and salsa, wings, and mini pigs-in-a-blanket. Yum!

  • MMm!! An excellent recipe!! Queso for 100?? Woo Hoo! We host a Super Bowl party every year that has grown from about 8 guests to close to 70! We do a queso dip every year from my husbands “old family recipe” (something from a can he found somewhere!) and it is always a hit! That would be one of our many gameday foods.

  • We are also FB fans!!

  • Sweet nibblets!!! I want some mac and cheese right now!!

    It’s not a game day without buffalo wings for me and a load of chips and dips.

  • I CRAVING comfort food right now and this would be PERFECT!!!

    I love spinach and artichoke dip for game day (with apples for dipping, YUM!). Another sport that’s in season…Soccer!

  • Nicole-Lynn

    What a generous giveaway! My favorite game day snacks are queso dip with chips that I make with Rotel, and a mexiccan tortilla bake casserole that I also use as a dip w/ chips. They’re always a big hit when my fiance and I are entertaining.

    We haven’t been able to entertain lately though. We’re saving for our wedding and our first home so money has been really tight. Winning this would be great! We’d love to go buy some rotel products and other foods so we can have a little fun watching football, entertaining our our friends.

    [email protected]

  • I always make artichoke dip and serve with chips.

  • Chris M.

    Chips and salsa is by far my favorite. thanks for the giveaway.

  • Christine

    The favorite has to be chicken wing dip. Everyone loves it!

  • Reminds me totally of a kicked up version of the glop on my blog. This is a must make!!!! My favorite gameday snack… homemade salsa and chips on a warm day, cheese dip with Rotel tomatoes and chili beans on a cold day. Kate @kateiscooking

  • Queso with Frito Scoops is our favorite football food, and I mean that. I’m not just sucking up for the prize. Not that I wouldn’t, if that would help (heeheehee), but in this case, it’s absolutely true!

  • Wendy

    I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!! Thank you so much for such a great recipe. We had fajitas and tacos (for the pickier ones) alongside this dish. It was GREAT!!


  • Ooooh, this is making me hungry! 🙂

  • kim

    I like the basics, Nachos – nice and simple yet oh so yummy!

  • Elizabeth

    I love Mexican Cheese Corn Dip! It isn’t a queso, by any means, but it is a fantastic dip made with mexicorn, green chiles, mayo, sour cream, shredded cheese, and seasonings.

  • Mary Beth

    My favorite game day snack is montreal shrimp! Spicy and peppery, they’re good hot or room temp, so they can be made ahead!

  • I love chips and dip!!

  • Here’s my Tweet!

    IndCntyChamber Dana P. Henry
    Feed Their Game Face & #ShareTheQueso! Enter to win a @Ro_Tel Prize Pack via @BakingBlog http://bit.ly/dduZ9H

  • Suzy

    Nachos!! UMMMMMMM!!

  • Kathleen Davis

    I have SEVERAL game day favorites, but I must say the Nachitoches Meat Pies (Nachitoches, LA, although I’m from Texas) and those delish little smokies-in-a-crockpot made with grape jelly, etc., take the cake! And of course, a few cold brewskies.

  • Athena

    That taco mac looks delicious. I love Rotel as well. My favorite gameday snack would have to be a layered taco dip.

  • Athena

    I tweeted the giveaway


  • Athena

    Shared the giveaway on FB.


  • Jen H

    I love Stacy’s Pita Chips with chummus

  • Plain old tortilla chips and salsa 🙂

  • My favorite game day snack is nachos with guacamole and salsa!

  • My favorite game day snacks are guacamole, nachos and buffalo wings! Yummy! 🙂

  • Barbara

    This looks delish.
    I love to fix wings deep fry them and mix melted butter and Louisana Hot Sauce together and coat the wings. Yum
    Also mix the rotel with softened cream cheese or Velveeta. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Heather

    I know it’s so generic, but I can’t help it. Nothing says “Game Day” like chilli. But, specifically – venison chilli made by husband… even though it means the kitchen will be a mess and we’ll have gallons of leftovers!

  • Gianna

    I love sloppy joes, fried chicken, taco layer dip, chips, tortillas and football brownies.

  • Laurie

    I love cheese and crackers, Nachos, and stuffed mushrooms! I never make the stuffed mushrooms though but I love to eat them!

  • Stacey K

    I love throwing some sausage, cream cheese and Rotel in a mini crockpot and then getting a big bag of chips to dip….perfect for gameday.

  • Chicken wings are my all time favorite game game snack!

  • posted your link to my facebook page

  • Latricia

    My favorite game day snack is buffalo wings!

  • Halleluja! Mac and cheese with a twitst. I like what I see!

  • addie

    rotel is actually my fave snack! sometimes i throw in some taco meet to mix things up. mmmm, going to have to make some soon!

  • addie

    i linked the contest on facebook


  • addie
  • Cate

    I definitely love the dip with Velveeta, chili, and rotel, but when I am feeling the need for something healthier it’s baked chips with some guacamole.



  • My husband makes an awesome game-day dip in the slow-cooker that is our favorite game-day snack. So good!

  • Brenda

    I love Beef N Cheese nachos, I love using Rotel in my Taco soup too….Would love to win on eof these fabulous prizes..

  • Queso and Guacamole!

  • Ruth

    I love hot artichoke dip!! 🙂

  • kath h

    I use Rotel in my Crockpot Taco Chicken Stew, a half time favorite!
    I also make a Mexican Dip (Nuke IT Dip) with Rotel for a game snack.
    Good stuff!

  • Favorite game day snacks are pizza and Rotel dip nachos!

  • Shari

    I love buffalo wings!!!! Spicy with blue cheese, please!

  • My favorite game day snacks are usually my favorite cheese dip (which includes Ro-tel), meatballs, and wings (any and all varieties.

  • I make a beefy mac n cheese that I just love. Will have to try your taco mac version. As for game day snacks, you can’t beat wings!

  • Cheese fries are the best game time snack ever! 🙂

  • Leigh Anne

    Game day fav… Any dip but especially guacamole.

  • Jenny

    tortilla chips, cheese and/or guac- love it!

  • We like queso and chips and a meat and cheese platter

  • Gwyn

    I love Nachos and velveeta/rotel dip. Also 7 layer dip. Yum!!

  • Erin

    Favorite game day snack: a veggie tray with ranch dressing. Veggie trays are rare among game day snacks so when there is one, I horde the veggies!


  • Regina

    I love the rotel, cheese, and sausage dip. I can eat the whole crock pot full!

  • Jessica O

    My favorite is anything that’s Buffalo Wing flavored, like dip or buffalo wing bites, or actual buffalo wings!

  • My favorite food for game day is chicken wings and nachos

  • Jessie

    I like the classics – chicken wings, taco dip, chips and onion dip. Yummy stuff!

  • Cheryl

    Fav game day snack would have to be desserts hahaha I love Texas Sheetcake!

  • Liesal

    Nachos! Hands down the best game time food.

  • Liesal

    I shared the link on Facebook. I like you now on Facebook too! 🙂

  • I don’t know, it’s hard to beat chips and queso for game day snacking. Or, um, anytime snacking! 😉 I use a lot of Rotel at my house too.

  • Liesal
  • Nachos smothered with cheese, salsa and pretty much anything in the kitchen

  • I love chips!

  • Meg

    Veggies with spinach dip!!!!

  • Brenda Dailey

    My favorite is chili!!!!!

  • VickieB

    We like a “dippy” kind of thing: salsa and queso with tortilla chips,a vegetable platter with dips, sourdough and spinach dip

  • susitravl

    We like corn dog casserole, jalapeno poppers, buffalo chicken wings or dip, chips & salsa.

  • My family is easy: anything in the snack aisle that comes in a bag. I usually love to cook, so Superbowl Sunday becomes my day off.

  • Desirae

    Oh my, I am drooling over that taco mac! Adding this to the week’s menu.

    For game day, we have a few faves. Pizza’s always a winner, as is BBQ or chips & queso dip!

  • Shelbi

    Made this for dinner tonight! It’s freakin awesome! Love it, thanks for sharing!

  • Marie

    Pizza, wings, chili, nachos — and now I want THIS!

  • This dish is perfect for the whole family! Mac and cheese with tacos.. Very fun and delightful! Shoot! There goes my diet again. gah!

  • Nicole-Lynn

    Great giveaway! My favorite is a chicken tortilla mexican bake! I’d love to be able to make a yummy mexican recipe with rotel.

    [email protected]

  • Would never have thought to add the milk and egg. Can see where it would improve the texture and bring the flavors together. I too am a Rotel and cheese fan. A winning combination.

  • carolyn milani

    OH MY! This is so amazing! I love your taco seasoning recipe too, so much better then store bought! I have tried so many of your recipes and LOVE each one! You rock!

  • Carolyn

    I clicked in the link because it mentioned Taco Mac. Here in GA we have Taco Mac restaurants, great burgers, sandwiches and of course beer. Then I realized that Taco Mac referred to a meal. Man it looks great!!!! I have a new Taco Mac to enjoy so making this, this week!

  • sandwiches and of course beer. Then I realized that Taco Mac referred to a meal. Man it looks great!!!! I have a new Taco Mac to enjoy so making this, this week!

  • This is so amazing! I love your taco seasoning recipe too, so much better then store bought! I have tried so many of your recipes and LOVE each one! You rock!

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