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Green Chile Mac & Cheese

Green Chile Mac & Cheese

Green Chile Mac & Cheese

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


6 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

45 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Add a little Southwestern flare to a classic BBQ side with this Tex Mex inspired mac loaded with green chiles, cilantro, and corn tortillas, and topped with smoked paprika bread crumbs.


1 lb. macaroni or rotini noodles

6 corn tortillas

1 small bunch cilantro, large stem pieces chopped off

1 (7 oz.) can mild green chiles, drained

8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided

1 quart milk

1/2 cup flour

8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

8 oz. Monterey jack cheese, shredded

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 cup panko bread crumbs

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • La Plata Peak Adobo Spice

    La Plata Peak Adobo Seasoning is a classic Caribbean spice mix with some added heat and smoke, handcrafted to perfection. Registering at a 4 on the...

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  • Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika

    Our Smoked Sweet Paprika is made with sweet, Spanish red peppers dried over an oak fire to impart delicious, smoky flavor. This popular Spanish smo...

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, cook according to package directions, and set aside. While pasta cooks, toast corn tortillas over an open burner flame or in a hot, dry pan. In a food processor, pulse tortillas, cilantro, and green chiles together 5 or 6 times or until coarsely mixed and set aside. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, but don't let it boil. In a separate saucepan, melt 6 Tbsp. of the butter over low heat then add flour. Stir flour-butter mixture constantly with a whisk for about 2 min. Continue whisking while slowly pouring in the hot milk. Increase heat to medium and keep whisking to make sure the mixture is smooth. Cook for a few minutes, whisking constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses, La Plata Peak Adobo Spice, and salt & pepper to taste. Fold in tortilla mixture. Transfer to a greased casserole dish. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and stir in bread crumbs and Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika until bread crumbs are coated. Sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs across the top of the macaroni mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 min. or until mac and cheese is bubbling and topping is browned.