Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Makes 6 servings

All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes and green chiles and prepared cheese product; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Stir in chicken, next 4 ingredients, and hot cooked pasta until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 10-inch cast-iron skillet or 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with shredded Cheddar cheese.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Ratings & Reviews

emccrea's Review

October 28, 2014
I have made this many times and it's definitely a family favorite. I wanted to leave a review because I read several reviews with complaints about the processed pasteurized cheese product called for in the recipe. I have NEVER made this with fake cheese. I always substitute real cheddar and it is so good. I also use rotisserie chicken which saves time and adds some good flavor.

January 23, 2017
There is a dairy-free vegan cottage cheese. I haven't tried it, but that should work ... unless you also have an allergy to the ingredients for that product. I know how troublesome food allergies are. I also have one.

July 22, 2015
There's a chipotle mac and cheese recipe here that is pretty good, and you add as much chipotle peppers as you want!

January 19, 2017
Did you try adding garlic and cayenne?I will be making this tonight.

The Best Casserole I Have Ever Made!

September 21, 2015
This is the best casserole I have ever made and I have been cooking for over 30 years. I kept the ingredients the same, but changed the process.  Instead of melting the cheese on top of the stove, I cut it into cubes and added a can of Ro-Tel Tomatoes.  I then cooked it in the microwave on four minutes.  I used the oven safe dish as a mixing bowl and added the remaining ingredients.  I baked it according to directions.  My family loved it and we did not have leftovers!  I make it weekly now!

danajax's Review

January 02, 2013
love it...i actually made this a little more healthy by using whole wheat penne pasta, 2% velveta, fat free sour cream, fat free cheddar and low sodium soup. i am a firefighter and plan on serving this up at the station soon!

Monamcm's Review

June 02, 2012
Made for 7 adults. Everyone enjoyed. Used 16 oz of pasta vs. 8 per recipe. This recipe makes plenty of sauce so nothing else changed. Had salad with a lime, cilantro dressing. Nice dinner. Will make again.

pfurey's Review

December 12, 2013
Made this tonight and we enjoyed it. I sautéed some celery and carrot with the onion and bell pepper. I thought the texture was good and wasn't offended using the small amount of Velveeta as another reviewer was. Had a salad and some crunchy bread - good cold night dinner! I also divided it into 2 casseroles since it is just my husband and me. Froze the second for another time.

Question or Help please

July 23, 2015
I don't have a review, but a question.. is there any substitute for the sour cream other than cottage cheese?? I have a dairy allergy so the "fake" cheese is only cheese I can really tolerate.  Any ideas would be welcome


February 16, 2016
If I make this for freezing to eat later in the week, do I cook it first and then freeze it or no? If I don't cook it first, must I thaw it ahead of time before cooking or can it go straight to the oven like a lasagna? Does this effect cooking time?