Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Rating 5.0
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Southwestern macaroni and cheese is a spicy twist to everyone's favorite comfort food. Creamy and flavorful, it gets its Southwestern flair from the jalapeño, Mexican cheese blend and green chilies.
Dinner
New American
12
ingredients
7
steps
25
minutes
Chef Laura is an entrepreneur, personal chef, culinary instructor and recipe developer who brings more than 15 years of professional culinary experience to the table. After graduating from culinary school in Denver, Chef Laura began teaching cooking classes at one of America's leading gourmet foods stores. Today, she owns her own business where she offers dinner parties and small event catering as well as cooking classes.

Ingredients

Servings:
6
1 tblsp
unsalted butter
1 tblsp
all-purpose four
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
1 cup(s)
whole milk
1 1/2 cup(s)
Mexican shredded cheese blend
4 oz
whipped or regular cream cheese
1
jalapeño pepper, diced
1
can (4-1/2 to 7 ounces) mild or medium green chilies
1 lb
cooked short pasta (elbow macaroni, penne, rotini)
1 cup(s)
tortilla chips, crushed
hot sauce, as desired

Directions 7 steps | 25 Minutes

Step 1

In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.

Step 2

Whisk in flour, salt and garlic powder.

Step 3

Add milk and whisk to combine. Increase temperature to high and bring mixture to a boil to activate thickening. Then drop the temperature to low and let simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 4

Once the mixture thickens, add the cream cheese, Mexican cheese, jalapeño and green chilies. Stir until cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add a little more milk to loosen the cheese mixture if needed. Add more salt or seasoning, to taste.

Step 5

Add cooked pasta to the pot of cheese sauce and stir until the sauce is evenly distributed.

Step 6

Transfer to a serving dish and top with crushed tortilla chips.

Step 7

Serve hot. Drizzle Southwestern macaroni and cheese with hot sauce as desired and enjoy.

Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
566
FAT
22.7 g
PROTEIN
20.5 g
CARBS
69.9 g

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Sam N.

Sam

18 Jul 2022

Very nice southwestern macaroni and cheese recipe! Very nice video and good step-by-step photos!

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Chrystal G.

Chrystal

14 Jul 2022

A great recipe for changing up the routine.

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Carmela G.

Carmela

11 Jul 2022

A Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese Recipe with a twist. A must try recipe.

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