Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

With simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes – you can have this delicious Make Ahead Meal. Mexican Macaroni and Cheese brings together the best of both worlds – Mexican flavoring and Mac & Cheese – everyone’s favorite!

With simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes - you can have this delicious Make Ahead Meal. Mexican Macaroni and Cheese brings together the best of both worlds - Mexican flavoring and Mac & Cheese - everyone's favorite!

I don’t know about your family, but my boys LOVE macaroni and cheese. And they also love Mexican food. So putting the two together and creating a quick and easy meal as a no-brainer.

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Like most Mexican recipes, you can make this Macaroni and Cheese mild or spicy. We used mild pork sausage, but you can certainly use hot if you like and the salsa can also have some heat. Or even better, make your own Homemade Salsa. Then only 3 more ingredients – macaroni, chopped onion and cheese and you are done.

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Besides the great flavor, I think the thing I like the most about this Mexican Macaroni and Cheese is the fact it can be made ahead, frozen and pulled out for a super easy meal. To freeze: tightly wrap in plastic and then in foil. Thaw in fridge overnight or for several hours on the counter before cooking. Some cooks say that freezing dishes with onions in it is not a good idea, I personally have never had a problem with them. But if you are concerned, you can leave the onions out.

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Mexican Macaroni & Cheese
 
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A favorite Mac & Cheese gets a little kick.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Mostacolli or Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 jar {16 oz} mild salsa
  • 2 packages {8 oz} or 1 {16 oz}shredded cheese, Monterey Jack or your favorite Mexican blend
  • Tomato wedges, sliced jalapeno peppers and chopped fresh cilantro {garnish, optional}
  • Salsa {served on the side, optional}
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and onion until meat is browned and onion is tender
  4. Stir in salsa
  5. In the prepared baking dish, layer half of the cooked pasta, half of the sausage mixture and half of the cheese. Repeat layers.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake uncovered for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes, then garnish and serve
Notes
To freeze: tightly wrap in plastic and then in foil. Thaw in fridge overnight or for several hours on the counter before cooking.
Note: some cooks say that freezing dishes with onions in it is not a good idea, I personally have never had a problem with them. But if you are concerned, you can leave the onions out.

 

Comments

  1. Okay, I am so trying this recipe in the next few weeks. We love mexican, and we love mac n’ cheese. This recipe seems perfect!
    Making Our Life Matter recently posted..Simple Woman’s Daybook~August 20thMy Profile

  2. Your Mexican Mac & cheese looks really good….will have to try it out in my kitchen :)
    Grisel @ Living Life 2 Its Fullest recently posted..Menu Plan Monday~8/20/12My Profile

  3. I had to pin that Mexican Mac & Cheese, it looks awesome!! The Muddy Buddy cookies sound yummy, too. Great menu this week!
    Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom recently posted..Menu Plan Monday 8/20My Profile

  4. Definitely trying the Mexican pasta, but I’m throwing it in the crock pot. We’ll see how that goes! :) Happy MPM! ~~Rhonda
    ~~Rhonda recently posted..menu plan monday ~ august 20, 2012My Profile

  5. YUM! Oh Liz, that looks amazing!
    Rachel – A Southern Fairytale recently posted..Garlic Cheese Bread with Fresh RosemaryMy Profile

  6. This looks sooo good!! Will definitely be making :)
    Kim B. recently posted..Clean Up On Aisle 7My Profile

  7. I think I will try this with ground beef!

  8. This recipe looks perfect for busy days. Your pictures make me hungry!
    Shelly recently posted..Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti CasseroleMy Profile

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