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Spicy Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

Updated on April 18, 2013
The main ingredients for Spicy Mexican Macaroni and Cheese -- minus the secret ingredient!
The main ingredients for Spicy Mexican Macaroni and Cheese -- minus the secret ingredient! | Source

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Macaroni and cheese is a staple of the American dinner table, especially if kids will be sitting down at that table to eat. This recipe uses hot pepper Jack cheese to spice up an already delicious macaroni and cheese recipe. If you cannot find hot pepper jack, use regular Monterey Jack or Colby Jack and add chile peppers.

The base of every homemade macaroni and cheese recipe should be a Béchamel sauce into which cheese is blended until melted. The cheese sauce is what makes macaroni into mac-and-cheese!

This macaroni and cheese dish can be served right away or stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

They won't get MY mac-n-cheese!
They won't get MY mac-n-cheese!

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: 4 servings
The secret ingredient -- tomato!
The secret ingredient -- tomato! | Source

Ingredients

  • 8 oz macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c hot pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. corn starch
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add flour; cook, stirring, until roux turns golden, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add milk; cook until milk starts simmering and Bechamel thickens, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in shredded cheese, 1/4 cup at a time; whisk until melted.
  6. Add macaroni, stirring until well-coated.
  7. Serve hot.

Spicy Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2/3
Calories 393
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Carbohydrates 48 g16%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 42 mg14%
Sodium 225 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Mexican Ceramics and Pottery

The tradition of ceramics dates back to well before Pre-Columbian times. In general, potters did not glaze their crafts at that time; rather they painted the pieces with a slip made of clay pieces melted in water. After the Spanish invasion, the Europeans introduced their own techniques to the native craft. Now, floor and wall tiles are the most-produced ceramics in Mexico, but artisans still craft kitchen items as well as pieces of folk art. Visitors to Mexico can easily get lost in the pottery markets, dazzled by the array of beautifully-painted wares. In general pottery and ceramics are cheap in Mexico; however, finer pieces of folk art and very intricately painted pieces still command a higher price – as well they should.

The piece of folkloric art above is a recreation of a devil fighting evil, as represented by the snake. The macaroni and cheese is in a Talavera style of dish. The platter that serves as the backdrop for the ingredients is painted in a Barro Pintado style endemic to Veracruz.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Mostly, I "cheat," and use the packaged varieties, with the powdered cheese sauce. I know, nothing close to home-made, but it suffices when in a hurry. Sometimes, for a variation on mac-and-cheese, I will mix an envelope of taco seasoning mix into the cheese sauce mix, making it into a dish I call "Mexi-roni and cheese."

      This sounds like a delicious variation on a traditional favorite. I'll have to be sure and try it. Thanks much for sharing. Voted up, useful, awesome, starred and shared.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Ooh, Mexironi and cheese -- I like it! Unfortunately, I also like the packaged cheese powder on popcorn (I've never found a popcorn flavoring so tasty), so that's why I often have macaroni lying around looking for real cheese sauce. Thanks for your comments!

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      Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      sounds yummy! I definitely will be trying this in the future.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I hope you like it!

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      mariexotoni 3 years ago

      pretty sure my boyfriend would LOVE this. bookmarked!

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      Nadia Archuleta 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I hope he does -- let me know!

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      mariexotoni 3 years ago

      He loved it!!

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      Nadia Archuleta 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Yay!

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