Macaroni and Cheese with Ground Beef, Salsa and Green Chiles Recipe -
Macaroni and Cheese with Ground Beef, Salsa and Green Chiles Recipe

Macaroni and Cheese with Ground Beef, Salsa and Green Chiles

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"For a little more heat, follow the recipe for Creamy Macaroni & Cheese replacing the cheddar with pepper jack cheese."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Follow basic recipe for Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, but use pepper Jack cheese, not cheddar.
  2. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook ground beef, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper, until most of the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, salsa and chilies; simmer, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cilantro, then stir mixture into macaroni. Serve hot.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 14, 2006

I used Kraft Deluxe Family size macaroni and cheese, then Ortega salsa, ground turkey and everything else except the cilantro. This meal describes comfort food. Oooh yummmy! I made it for lunch for my family on a Saturday afternoon. You gotta try'll love it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 14, 2007

My family did not care for this. It was too thick, too heavy and not appealing to look at. Sorry!


59 Ratings

Aug 07, 2007

Excellent tasting and easy to make. I added 1/2 cup of onion to my hamburger which to me gives it more flavor. But this one is a great recipe.

Oct 30, 2006

I omitted the salsa and cilantro, and used half sharp cheddar, half mont. jack. I also only used 1 1/2 cans of evaporated milk. The sauce is wonderfully rich and creamy- almost too creamy to eat very much.

May 11, 2007

I have to say I thought it was going to turn out bad but boy was I wrong! It was so good! Loved it!

Oct 24, 2006

Nice recipe. The beef portion of the recipe evens out the rich creaminess of the macaroni and cheese recipe. It's still a pretty 'heavy' dish, or I would give it 5 stars. Very yummy, will definitely make again. Thanks!

Jun 23, 2009

This is a great recipe. A bit too spicy for me, but all in all, very flavorful.

Dec 02, 2008

We loved this!! I halved the recipe (but ended up using the whole box of pasta because the cheese sauce made so much) used 3/4 of salsa, and added in some leftover sliced olives. We were out of chili powder, so I used cumin and garlic powder.


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  • Calories
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 306 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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