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A casserole dish filled with Mexican Macaroni and Cheese topped with sliced tomatoes

Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

A Mexican themed Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 736kcal


  • 1 Sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 Cups Water
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 15 1/2 ounce can Tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Tomato bouillon
  • 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water
  • 1 teaspoon New Mexico Chile Powder or ancho chile pepper, or 2 - 3 shakes of hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
  • 3/4 cup Pepper Jack Cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup American cheese grated or cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar


  • In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. About 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add macaroni and cook according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining. Place the tomato bouillon in the cup of hot pasta water to dissolve.
  • Return drained pasta to the pan. Stir in reserved pasta water/bouillon, butter, tomato sauce, cheese and spices. Add onion and garlic mixture. Once the cheese is melted and pasta is well mixed, add the cider vinegar and stir.
  • If you'd like to take the additional time, remove the stovetop mac and cheese to an oven safe pan. Top with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle the tomatoes with a little more cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and just starting to brown.



Add more chile powder for more heat. Chile powder with an "e" is a single pepper blend and not to be confused with Chili, with an "i" powder which is a blend of several spices and used to season chili soup.


Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 2338mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 509mg | Iron: 3mg