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.

Author: Kelly

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