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Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

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Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Photo: Diana Rattray
Green chile peppers, jalapeno salsa, and cilantro give this Cheddar macaroni and cheese a little kick. Serve this flavorful macaroni and cheese as a side dish or main dish for lunch or dinner. It's delicious with burgers or hot dogs.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup green jalapeno salsa
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mild chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno peppers, canned or fresh, optional
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, about 2 cups
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, optional
  • 1 cup fresh finely ground bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • paprika


Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain and rinse well.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir in flour and pepper until well blended and bubbly. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in salsa, chile peppers, and cheese. Cook, stirring, until cheese is melted. Taste and add salt, as needed. Combine with the drained macaroni; stir in cilantro, if using. Spoon into the prepared baking dish.

Combine 2 tablespoons melted butter with the bread crumbs and sprinkle over the macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly.
Serves 4 to 6.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
The Best, Member joanchamplin

I prepared this green chile mac and cheese for a party with both adults and children. I omitted the jalapena pepper because it would be served to children and it was delicious. The adults and children both went back for seconds. It's a nice twist to the plain mac and cheese.

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