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Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

7-Layer Mac and Cheese For Your Game-Day Enjoyment

OK foodies, for the main event at your Super Bowl party, bring out this seven-layer mac and cheese, inspired by seven-layer bean dip, and expect your crowded couch to go wild!

Starring Annie's Cheesy Taco Macaroni and Cheese, the casserole also features layers of ground beef, black beans, Mexican blend shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapeño slices, and green onion.

If you're freaked out by the idea of taco mac, so were we . . . that is, until we tried it. The flavor basically tastes like good old-fashioned, boxed cheddar mac with a hint of cumin and chili powder.

The dish itself is like a Tex-Mex taco, in casserole form. The shredded cheese melts atop the beans, adhering the layers together for easy serving with a metal spatula. Pair this with a lime-garnished Mexican beer, and sink into that couch with cheesy satisfaction. Football players aren't the only ones scoring!

7-Layer Mac and Cheese

7-Layer Mac and Cheese

Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

1 box Annie's Cheesy Taco Mac and Cheese
1/2 pound ground beef
1 can black beans
3/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
3-4 tomatoes, gelatinous seeds removed and diced
1 jalapeño, sliced thinly
1/2 bunch green onion, sliced thinly
Salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni and cheese according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized sauté pan over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until no pink remains. Salt to taste.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, cook black beans and bean liquid until boiling. Strain beans, discarding bean liquid when ready to assemble the casserole.
  4. In a large casserole dish, spread cooked macaroni and cheese on the bottom of the dish, followed by ground beef and strained black beans. Sprinkle cheese over top of beans. Salt diced tomato to taste, then add to casserole, followed by jalapeño and green onions. Serve immediately.
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Anna-Monette-Roberts Anna-Monette-Roberts 2 years
Hey folks! Yes, you can absolutely add some salsa or taco seasoning to the beef or the black beans if you want to spice things up. Also, the casserole can be popped into a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes if you want it to be extra hot. And yes, top away with other items like sour cream or guacamole. I hope that helps!
Karla15343198 Karla15343198 2 years
Made this recipe last night, with one exception- I used 1 pound of ground beef instead of 1/2 pound of ground beef. A couple general observations: 1) Surprisingly good- we were skeptical, to say the least. 2) The extra beef was good, but it could have used additional seasoning besides salt and pepper. Next time I will mix in some salsa. 3) We all felt we should have doubled the pasta or cut all of the ingredients in half (besides the beef). The mac & cheese is such a small portion of the overall dish with the current ratios. Next time, if I am feeding at least 5 or want leftovers, I will double the beef and double the pasta.
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