|1 lb ground beef|
|1 tsp (up to 2) red pepper flakes, or to taste, optional|
|1 onion, chopped|
|2 tbsp garlic, minced|
|1 green bell pepper, chopped|
|2 package (1 oz each) taco seasoning mix, or 1 pkg for milder flavor|
|1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for topping, optional|
|8 slice bacon, cooked and chopped|
|1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce|
|2 can (10.75 oz each) condensed tomato soup|
|1 tbsp (up to 2) brown sugar, optional|
|1 regular or seasoned salt, to taste|
|1 black pepper, to taste|
|3 cup macaroni, cook to al dente|
|4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided|
- Add ground beef, red pepper flakes (if using), onion, garlic, and green bell pepper to a large skillet and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink. Drain any fat. Stir in taco seasoning mix and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese and cook for 1 minute. Mix in bacon, tomato sauce, tomato soup, and brown sugar (if using). Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir in 2 cups Mexican blend cheese. Add macaroni and mix well to combine.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, if desired, and remaining 2 cups Mexican blend cheese.
- Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese has melted.
Source : allrecipes.com