Mexican Mac and Cheese

Southern Living
Mexican Mac and CheeseRecipe

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Undercook the pasta by 1 minute. It will continue to cook in the creamy sauce while the crumb topping toasts under the broiler.

Makes 6 to 8 servings


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1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 qt. milk
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound pasta (such as penne, cavatappi, or rotini)
1 pound Mexican chorizo
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8-oz.) package shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (8-oz.) package shredded pepper Jack cheese
1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved


Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 8 to 9 inches from heat.

2. Bring 1/4 cup salt and 4 qt. water to a boil in a large covered Dutch oven over high heat.

3. Meanwhile, microwave milk in a microwave-safe 1-qt. glass measuring cup covered with plastic wrap at HIGH 3 minutes. While milk is heating, melt butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a low boil, whisking often.

4. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook 8 minutes.

5. While pasta cooks, sauté chorizo in 1 Tbsp. hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until crumbled and cooked.

6. Meanwhile, continue to cook sauce, whisking often, 6 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in cheeses, hot sauce, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cover.

7. Stir together crushed tortilla chips and 2 tsp. olive oil.

8. Drain pasta, and fold into cheese sauce. Fold in cooked chorizo and cherry tomato halves. Sprinkle with tortilla chips mixture.

9. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately.

Created date

August 2015