Looking for a beer mac and cheese recipe? This stove top mac and cheese gets a make over with Mexican Beer and a bite of heat from red chile powder. Crisp and complex in flavor, you won’t believe your tastebuds. Beer mac and cheese – give it a try.
I actually do know someone who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese! You? I think most of us can agree that Mac and Cheese is glorious. I’ll take it from that blue box, or homemade with a creamy bechamel sauce. Loaded up with Hatch Chile? You bet. Made with Swiss Cheese, you bet. Steak House Chipotle, heavenly. But made with beer?
I simply could not resist trying this Spicy Beer Mac and Cheese.
Using Modelo Especial Mexican Beer to flavor the cheese sauce is genius. It’s crisp flavor blends wonderfully with the sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
The addition of New Mexico Red Chile Powder kicks mac and cheese up even another notch. Absolutely delicious.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This beer mac and cheese recipe combines the standard procedure for creating a creamy cheese sauce, but then takes on a whole new life with the addition of beer. Leading actors include:
- Macaroni. Elbow or shell is always best for macaroni and cheese. All of those pockets grab on to that creamy cheese.
- Flour. Essential part of the roux that thickens cheese sauce.
- Butter. Salted or unsalted. Use what you like best.
- Mexican Beer. Modelo Especial, a Mexican Lager works very well here. Crisp and refreshing.
- New Mexico Chile Powder: Preferably Chimayo.
- Pasta Water: Don’t toss that pasta water down the drain. Always save out a cup or so for your mac and cheese sauce. The water is full of starch and help make that sauce even creamier.
- Cheddar Cheese. I like to use a medium cheddar, but using a sharp cheddar will enhance the flavor to a stronger note.
- Monterey Jack Cheese. White and creamy. I always like Monterey Jack for macaroni and cheese. It’s a great melting cheese. Another choice would be Muenster Cheese.
Pro Tip: Purchase good quality cheese and grate it yourself. Pre-grated cheese in bags includes additives to keep it from clumping, which will also compromise the melting factor. Grating cheese from a block of cheese will result in a creamier and more consistent melting experience. Plus, it’s less expensive.
Recipe for Beer Mac and Cheese
End result? A creamy beautiful bowl of macaroni and cheese unique and crisp using Mexican Beer.
I hope you give this beer mac and cheese recipe a try. And if you do, please come back and let me know how you liked it and give the recipe a star rating.
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More Mac and Cheese Recipes
- Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes This is an Ina Garten recipe. A little sweet and tart from the tomatoes and super creamy with both Gruyere and sharp cheddar = Delicious.
- Mexican Macaroni and Cheese Throw in a Mexican twist for this feisty version of our favorite comfort food. The whole family will love this recipe. Easy and delicious and a perfect side dish for any Southwestern main course.
- Creamy Swiss and Mushroom Mac and Cheese An easy stovetop recipe made creamy with a luscious Swiss Cheese Sauce laced with mushrooms.
- Bechamel Mac and Cheese Sauce: Voted Boulder’s Best Mac and Cheese, this recipe is mind blowing.
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Beer Mac and Cheese
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour Plus 1 TABLESPOON
- 1 cup Modelo Especial beer
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup reserved water from the cooked pasta
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon New Mexico Red Chile Powder
- Cook pasta according to package directions in a Dutch oven.
- Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
- In the same pan, melt the butter and cook until bubbly. Add the flour and start stirring to form paste. Alternate adding the milk, beer, and pasta water.
- When smooth and creamy stir in the shredded cheeses and chile powder. Add the pasta and stir until blended. Taste and adjust flavors for saltiness.
Beer Mac and Cheese … It’s what’s for a Side Dish
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.