South of the Border Mac and Cheese

Debbie Reid


This is a different, yummy variation on a favorite classic!

★★★★☆ 5 votes
15 Min
55 Min

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
I just love it when there is multiple cheeses in mac & cheese.  The addition of some heat really stepped this up several notches. But, don't worry - it's not too hot!


8 oz
corkscrew pasta
1 Tbsp
olive oil
1/2 c
finely chopped onion
jalapeno pepper, seeds and veins removed, finely chopped
3 Tbsp
2 clove
garlic, minced
3 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
1/2 c
12 oz
bottle of Mexican beer
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/4 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1 c
shredded chipotle gouda cheese
2 c
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 c
shredded queso quesadilla cheese
3/4 c
finely crushed tortilla chips

How to Make South of the Border Mac and Cheese


  • 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9” x 9” x 2” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • 2In a large pot, bring 3 - 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and salt to taste and cook according to package directions to al dente. Drain; set aside.
  • 3Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeno pepper; cook until softened, approximately 3 - 4 minutes, drain; set aside.
  • 4In a large dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, beer, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook until mixture begins to boil and thicken, approximately 5 - 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add in the chipotle gouda cheese, cheddar cheese and queso quesadilla cheese and stir until cheeses have fully melted and sauce is smooth; remove from heat. Add in the reserved pasta and mix to combine. Add in the reserved onion/pepper mixture and mix to combine.
  • 5Place macaroni and cheese in prepared baking dish and top evenly with the tortilla chips. Place in preheated oven and cook for 25 - 30 minutes until heated through and bubbly. Let rest for 5 minutes.

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About South of the Border Mac and Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #cheese