Chile Con Queso Mac and Cheese

Enjoy this pasta that’s baked using cheese, onion, chile and corn chips - a perfect Mexican dinner.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

8
oz. (3 cups) uncooked rotini (spiral pasta)
1/2
cup chopped onion
1
poblano chile, seeded, chopped
2
cups milk
1
(1.8-oz.) pkg. white sauce mix
4
oz. Mexican pasteurized prepared cheese product with jalapeño chiles, cubed (1 cup)
4
oz. (1 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2
cup crushed yellow corn chips
1
tablespoon margarine or butter, melted

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Steps

  • 1 Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Spray medium saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and chile; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Add milk and sauce mix; stir until well blended with wire whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer 1 minute. Stir in both cheeses until melted.
  • 4 Add cooked rotini; mix well. Spoon into sprayed casserole. In small bowl, combine chips and margarine; mix well. Sprinkle over rotini mixture.
  • 5 Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  • 1 Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Spray medium saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and chile; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Add milk and sauce mix; stir until well blended with wire whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer 1 minute. Stir in both cheeses until melted.
  • 4 Add cooked rotini; mix well. Spoon into sprayed casserole. In small bowl, combine chips and margarine; mix well. Sprinkle over rotini mixture.
  • 5 Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Chile con queso is a melted cheese dip made with mild green chiles. In Mexican restaurants, the dip is served with tortillas and raw vegetables. This hearty macaroni casserole resembles that popular appetizer.

For better contrast, use yellow corn chips for this recipe, but any tortilla or corn chip will do. For extra zesty flavor, try nacho chips.

An Anaheim chile can be substituted for the poblano - it is slightly milder.

Serve this great family casserole with steamed broccoli and a gelatin salad.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
590
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
1110mg
1110%;
Total Carbohydrate
64g
64%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
60%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.