Fiesta Mac-N-Cheese {Kids Cook Monday}

What’s better than mac-n-cheese? I pretty much love all kinds. Fancy versions with truffle butter, super cheesy ones at BBQ restaurants, and even the kind you make from a blue box. While I have no shame in stocking up on Annie’s Mac-N-Cheese when they go on sale at Harris Teeter for 10/$10, every once in a while it’s nice to make a big home made batch that you can eat leftovers of for days. This mac-n-cheese recipe is substantial enough to have as a main dish, and has a fun Mexican flair. Who doesn’t love flair in their mac-n-cheese?!

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Yummmm.

 

Fiesta Mac-N-Cheese

Ingredients

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I actually used 2 of those bags of cheese (just forgot it for the picture!)

1 lb. Elbow Macaroni
1/2 stick of butter
1/3 cup of flour
2 1/2 cup whole milk
4 cups of shredded cheese
1 can tomatoes with green chilies
1 can black beans
1/2 bag of frozen corn (or 1 can)
1/2 bag of spinach leaves
1/2 tsp. Chili Powder, Cumin, and Garlic Powder
Optional Toppings; Green Onion, Crushed Taco Chips, Sour cream

Here’s how this one went down…

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Begin by boiling the macaroni in a big pot. Cook until just tender. Don’t overcook it because it will cook a little more in the oven.

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Drain canned tomatoes. Rinse and drain can of beans.

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Begin to make cheese sauce by melting your butter in a big (oven safe) pot.

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Whisk flour into melted butter and cook on low for about a minute.

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Slowly stir milk into the flour/butter mixture. Cook on low and stir until smooth.

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Stir in your Cumin, Chili Powder and Garlic Powder along with a little Salt & Pepper.

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Stir in 3 Cups of your cheese into the sauce. (You save your fourth cup of cheese to top it with before it goes in the oven.)

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Delicious Cheese Sauce!

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Now you add in the cooked macaroni, can of tomatoes, can of beans, corn, and half a bag of spinach.

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Top everything with the remaining cup of cheese and put into a 350* oven and bake until bubbly and hot (about 15-20 minutes.)

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Patiently stare at it in the oven…

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Take a quick selfie!

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Put your party hat on. It’s FIESTA Mac-n-Cheese afterall!

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The finished product! This recipe makes a boat load. I put a couple containers in the freezer to have for quick, easy meals when Chris is out of town.

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I’m loving that I have tons of leftovers of this meal. I also love that you could really throw in whatever veggies you have on hand and it would still be delicious!

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A kid friendly meal that is full of protein, fiber, and cheesy goodness.

 

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