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Taco Mac ‘n Cheese

Mac 'n Cheese, the way our family likes it; with a Mexican twist - baked with guacamole, pineapple pico de gallo, sour cream and topped with infused breadcrumbs! The cheese sauce is really just original, made with cheddar and parmesan.

Mac and cheese is practically the universal comfort food,  a dish that has a special place in people’s hearts, and it sure does here at my house. There are so many variations of it, the possibilities are endless! The way we like ours is by adding a Mexican twist to it. It creates not only a harmony of textures in your mouth, but also a melody of flavors!

It all starts with a classic elbow macaroni that cooked just under done or al dente because it’ll finish cooking in the oven. The cheese sauce is really just original and simple one that starts with the rue and then the milk and cheese. We prefer using sharp cheddar and parmesan because the taste of the cheddar really cuts through and compliments the richness of the parmesan. The result is the most nostalgic and creamy mac and cheese base that is so velvety and gorgeous!

And, finally for the amazing toppings, we finish it off with homemade guacamole, pico de gallo salsa with pineapples, sour cream, and some infused breadcrumbs. The guacamole adds a really nice, almost creamier texture to the dish with some needed freshness. The salsa makes for this mouthwatering contrast of flavor with the cheese and its own tang. Now, the really interesting thing about the breadcrumbs is that they’ve been mixed with a bit of taco seasoning so they add a smoky heat to the dish, along with its crunch!

And there you have mac and cheese the way our family does it! It makes a perfect weeknight meal, once in a while of course, and really puts a smile on everyone’s faces. Because that’s that truth about mac and cheese, no matter what variations of it there are, it really is a timeless dish.

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Mac 'n Cheese, the way our family likes it; with a Mexican twist - baked with guacamole, pineapple pico de gallo, sour cream and topped with infused breadcrumbs! The cheese sauce is really just original, made with cheddar and parmesan.

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Mac 'n Cheese, the way our family likes it; with a Mexican twist - baked with guacamole, pineapple pico de gallo, sour cream and topped with infused breadcrumbs! The cheese sauce is really just original, made with cheddar and parmesan.
Taco Mac 'n Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Mac 'n Cheese, the way our family likes it; with a Mexican twist - baked with guacamole, pineapple pico de gallo, sour cream and topped with infused breadcrumbs!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Servings: 6
Calories: 535 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole grain macaroni , boiled
Cheese Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter , unsalted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • salt  to taste
Guacamole
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tsp jalapenos
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • lime juice  to taste
  • salt  to taste
Pico de Gallo
  • 1 cup tomatoes , deseeded and chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions , finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tsp jalapenos  to spice level
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • lime juice  to taste
  • salt  to taste
Other Toppings:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp bread crumbs  mixed with garlic powder, oregano and taco seasoning
  • 3 tbsp tortilla chips , crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350oF / 175oC.

  2. Boil some water with some salt in a large sauce pan and add the macaroni to it, once it starts boiling. Cook it al dente, because it will finish cooking in the oven. Let the pasta cool.

  3. Create a roux in a large saucepan by melting some butter and adding oil and flour. Whisk it until it becomes light brown and frothy.

  4. Gradually add the milk and whisk it so no lumps form.

  5. Add in the salt, sugar, and black pepper. Keep stirring the sauce until it coats the back of the spoon.
  6. Gradually add in the cheese and stir it so no lumps form. Mix in the macaroni.

  7. Put the Mac and Cheese in a cast iron skillet and top it off with the bread crumb mixture. Bake it for 10 minutes and then broil for a few minutes, until breadcrumbs are golden.

  8. For the guacamole mix together mashed avocados, jalapeños, cilantro, salt, and lemon.

  9. For the pico de gallo, mix together pineapple, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, jalapeños, hot sauce, oregano, salt, and lemon.

  10. Take the Mac and Cheese out of the oven and top it with the guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and some crushed tortilla chips.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • Use panko breadcrumbs as they are larger and create a nice crunchy topping.
  • I used a hand mixer to get rid of lumps while making the cheese sauce.
  • I have used 2% milk, but you can use whole milk to make rich and creamy.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Mac 'n Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Potassium 615mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 13g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 20.4%
Vitamin C 34.3%
Calcium 49.8%
Iron 14.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mac 'n Cheese, the way our family likes it; with a Mexican twist - baked with guacamole, pineapple pico de gallo, sour cream and topped with infused breadcrumbs! The cheese sauce is really just original, made with cheddar and parmesan.

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