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Mac Attack! Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: Tex-Mex is one of my favorite cuisines of all time, my top dish pick being chili con queso with Ro-Tel. Naturally, when I came across a Tex-Mex mac and cheese with green chilies, I knew I had to make it.

The recipe comes from Robert Del Grande, one of the Lone Star State's best-known chefs and restaurateurs, and the roasted poblanos give the melted cheese dish an addictive kick. Want the recipe? Keep reading.

Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese With Green Chiles

Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese With Green Chiles

Robert Del Grande's Recipe For Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  1. Butter (for the dish)
  2. 1 pound poblano chilies (4 to 6 chilies)
  3. Olive oil (for sprinkling)
  4. 6 white corn tortillas
  5. 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  6. 2 cups half-and-half
  7. 3 eggs
  8. Salt and pepper, to taste
  9. 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  10. 8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, grated
  11. 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Turn on the broiler. Butter a shallow 3-quart baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Rub the poblanos lightly with olive oil and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil the peppers as close to the element as possible, turning often, until the skins are blackened all over. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let them cool to room temperature.
  3. Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Remove and discard the charred poblano skins with the stems and seeds. Chop the chilies coarsely and transfer them to a food processor.
  5. In a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat, lightly toast the tortillas for 30 to 60 seconds per side or until they're just softened and give off a toasted-corn aroma (don't let them become crisp). Coarsely chop the tortillas and add them to the chilies in the food processor. Add the cilantro leaves and pulse until finely chopped but not pureed.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, salt, and pepper until well combined. Stir in the chopped chili mixture.
  7. Drop the macaroni into the boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes or until the pasta is not quite cooked through. Tip it into a colander, shaking it to eliminate excess moisture. Add the pasta to the egg mixture with two-thirds of the grated cheeses. Stir to combine.
  8. Pour the mixture into the buttered dish. Scatter the remaining cheeses evenly over the top. Bake the dish for 40 minutes or until browned and bubbling at the edges. If you want to brown the center more, turn on the broiler again and let the dish brown, watching it carefully. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 12.


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AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
So I made this while camping, roasted peppers on campfire and cheated with boxed mac and cheese - oh baby was this delish! It was raining by the time I finished so it tasted all the better.
Food Food 7 years
I think it depended on what part you got -- some parts were really spicy, because a few of the poblanos were really spicy! Like Del Grande says, poblanos vary in heat level.
nancita nancita 7 years
Funny, Party...I loved it but thought it could be spicier. :)
MyssCC914 MyssCC914 7 years
Sounds delicious! I have to try this out. I love poblanos.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I just tried this mac and cheese. It's wonderful and surprisingly, very spicy!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Yum, you rock! Hubby and I are going RVing (he's working) and I have a ton of poblanos in my garden. :drool: I'll surprise him with this M&C. Thanks so much!
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