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south of the border mac and cheese

★★★★☆ 5
a recipe by
Debbie Reid
Clearwater, FL

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

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We just love it when there are multiple kinds of cheese 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 @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 5
serves 8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For south of the border mac and cheese

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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