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Chile Con Queso Mac and Cheese -is a great one pot meal for any night of the week! It's quick and easy (only takes 30 minutes), cheesy, and will become a family favorite!
Chile Con Queso Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chile Con Queso Mac and Cheese -is a great one pot meal for any night of the week! It's quick and easy (only takes 30 minutes), cheesy, and will become a family favorite!

Course: Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: one pot meal, mac and cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 826 kcal
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (500g) lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and finely chopped (leave in seeds and ribs for more heat)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (454g) elbow or shell macaroni
  • 2 cups (470ml) chicken broth
  • 2 cups (470ml) milk
  • 1 (14.5 oz) (411g) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups (220g) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (220g) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream or plain yogurt
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven brown ground beef with onion and jalapenos. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Add in macaroni, broth, milk, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender; stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses and sour cream.  Store leftovers for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. 

Recipe Notes
  1. You can replace the jalapeno and can of diced tomatoes with a can of rotel (diced tomatoes and chiles) or use a can of green chiles to replace the jalapeno. 
  2. Freezer Friendly option- can place in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 2 months. 
  3. Nutrition info calculated using regular sour cream.

What to serve with Chile Con Queso Mac and Cheese:

  1. A simple side salad
  2. Tomato Cucumber and Avocado Salad
  3. A simple fruit salad or this Creamy Key Lime Fruit Salad
  4. I'm going to be really honest here- most of the time I don't pair it with a side because I'm just happy I got dinner on the table!! :)
Nutrition Facts
Chile Con Queso Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 826 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 996mg43%
Potassium 634mg18%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 1565IU31%
Vitamin C 10.6mg13%
Calcium 982mg98%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.