Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

I made this dish for a Mexican-themed potluck at work and it was a hit! I decided to make it the night before and reheat it the day of. It definitely dried out a bit so if you know you want to serve it the next day I would hold off on baking it until the day of the event.

Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 jalepeno, finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash of Frank’s Hot Sauce, or other cayenne sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips mixed with melted butter
  • Cilantro for garnish

Preheat to 375 degrees oven. Prepare pasta water, bring to a boil, and cook pasta to al dente. While pasta is cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions and peppers and saute until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add chili and hot sauce, mixing to combine. Turn heat down to low. Heat a small saucepan on medium heat and add butter. Once butter is sizzling, add flour and whisk to create a roux. Cook flour mixture for about 1-2 minutes, whisking continuously. Add milk and turn heat down medium-low. Add cheeses and stir, allowing cheese to melt and and sauce to thicken. It will take about 5-8 minutes for sauce to thicken—keep and eye on it and stir every minute or so to ensure the bottom is not burning. Once sauce is thick, add in pasta and pepper and onion mixture; combine. Stir in sour cream and salt and pepper to taste. Spray a 2-1/2 quart baking dish and add mac and cheese. Top with crushed tortilla chips and cilantro. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is golden.

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