South of the Border Mac and Cheese

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Debbie Reid

By
@Sirbarney

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

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★☆ 5 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
55 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 8 oz
    corkscrew pasta
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped onion
  • 1
    jalapeno pepper, seeds and veins removed, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 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

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9” x 9” x 2” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In 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.
  3. Meanwhile, 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.
  4. In 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.
  5. Place 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




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