Green Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4-6


  • 8 oz elbow macaroni or pasta of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)


Cooking the Pasta:

  1. Cook Pasta: Cook the elbow macaroni or pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Making the Cheese Sauce:

  1. Prepare Cheese Sauce: In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to create a roux, and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it becomes lightly golden.
  2. Add Milk: Gradually whisk in the milk to the roux, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Melt Cheese: Reduce heat to low and stir in the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, allowing them to melt into the sauce.
  4. Add Green Chilies and Spices: Once the cheese is fully melted, add the drained green chilies, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined.

Assembling and Baking:

  1. Combine Pasta and Cheese Sauce: Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, stirring until the pasta is evenly coated with the cheesy mixture.
  2. Transfer to Baking Dish: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Transfer the mac and cheese to a greased baking dish.
  3. Prepare Breadcrumb Topping: In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs with a little melted butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the mac and cheese.
  4. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.


  1. Garnish and Serve: Remove the green chili mac and cheese from the oven. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro if desired.
  2. Serve Hot: Serve the Green Chili Mac and Cheese hot as a flavorful and comforting dish.
  3. Enjoy: Enjoy the creamy, cheesy goodness with a delightful kick from the green chilies!

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding cooked and crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, or other favorite ingredients to suit your taste.

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