Tex Mex Mac n Cheese

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. As you may or may not know, I’m getting married in 4 months and I decided to take on quite a bit of DIY projects for the wedding. Any free time I have has been spent cutting, painting, gluing, and sewing.

Here’s just a peek of one of the projects I have going on…wedding signage!

wedding signage

The white parts are an old picket fence I picked up off the street. The directional signs I made use the pointed parts of the fence, but this one doesnt since it doesn’t need to be pointing anywhere. Painting on the letters was quite time-intensive, but I’m so pleased with how it came out! The rest you’ll have to wait and see when I post wedding pics ;)

Anyway, on to the food. I think this must be my third or fourth mac and cheese recipe on the blog, but honestly I don’t think there can ever be too much mac and cheese! (I totally just typed man and cheese by mistake…there can’t be too much of that either!)

Tex Mex Mac n Cheese

This one takes advantage of the fresh corn in season now. It was kind of annoying to roast the corn and peppers but at least it could be done while the pasta was cooking. The chorizo and mexican blend cheese take it to a whole other level!

All in all it came together pretty quickly, which was good because I didn’t have much time.

Tex Mex Mac n Cheese

Since I had plans to meet friends after work later in the week, I knew this would be a perfect meal to start the week off with since it would last for several days. Nate could just portion some out and reheat it in the microwave.

The chorizo totally made this! It added so much flavor to the meal. I also topped my portion with buffalo sauce :)

 Tex Mex Mac n Cheese

I doubled the recipe, but think perhaps I didn’t need to double the sauce. There was a LOT there, but i just left a little out when mixing it up.

Overall, I’d give this two thumbs up for when you’re looking for something a little different than your regular old macaroni and cheese.

Tex Mex Mac and Cheese

Slightly adapted from Southern Living

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Serves 8-10

1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 red peppers, diced
4 ears fresh corn, husks removed, kernels stripped from cob
16 ounces uncooked rotini or fusilli pasta
1 cup chopped cooked Mexican-style chorizo (the hard, cured kind…not raw)
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups milk
6 cups shredded pepper Jack cheese
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1.5 cup crushed tortilla chips

Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 1/2 inches from heat. Broil peppers, tomatoes and corn at the same time on an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Broil 20 minutes or until charred, turning every 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400°.

Cook pasta in boiling salted water to cover 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain.

Melt 5 Tbsp. butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour until smooth, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until golden brown. Slowly whisk in milk, and cook, whisking often, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and gradually add cheese, stirring until smooth. Stir in chopped peppers, corn kernels, chorizo, salt, and pepper. Gently stir together cheese mixture and pasta in a large bowl. Spoon into a 9×13 baking pan.

Sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips. Bake at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

27 Comments

  1. You’re right, there can never be too much mac and cheese around. It’s kind of the best thing ever. EVER.

    Your signage is adorable! I’m so impressed at your DIY skillz…mine pale in comparison in a serious way.

  2. Well this is no KD recipe, awesome, can’t wait to try.

  3. Wait only four months, that’s soon. Seems like only yesterday you were running through the leaves.:) This looks amazing. Cool sign too.

  4. I think the chorizo and corn in this mac and cheese would be incredible. Great looking comfort food. And I love you wedding sign. How exciting. Only four months to go. You’re definitely on the countdown xx

  5. I like your southwest take on mac and cheese….sounds quite good.

  6. Never too much mac & cheese! I’m the same way–I have a few recipes on my blog and am always looking for more to test and post. Can’t believe you’re only four months away from the wedding, SO exciting! Love your sign, too. :-D

  7. Amy, I love the sign you created… and you’re absolutely right, normally I imagine these things as decals but if you’re hand painting the letters, it would be extremely time-consuming, fussy work to say the least! You are so artistic and wonderfully dedicated… Nate is one lucky man!! (and of course you are a lucky woman too ;-)). Looking forward to more ‘reveals’ as the big date approaches – this mac ‘n cheese looks moist and scrumptious! (can’t believe you still have time to cook :)).

    • Thanks, Kelly! Honestly, I was open to using decals but just couldn’t find anything that I could put on wood. But this is cheaper and also has that hand-made quality :) I totally want to show more wedding details but don’t want to share too much because there are people who read this blog who will be at the wedding, hehe. Oh, and I barely have time to cook…hence the one-pot meal that lasts all week long ;)

  8. Oh, the signs! How perfect! Really, really lovely.

    My father would love this mac and cheese. He always adds diced veggies to his Kraft Dinner – it’s one of my fondest childhood memories. Your recipe sounds deeeeeelightful!

  9. I love mac n cheese, any which way :) There is a plugin that adds the ‘follow me’ button like on wordpress.com if you are interested. Have a great weekend Amy :)

  10. That man and cheese line was a “mom joke” if I ever heard one.

  11. I love unique and interesting mac n’ cheeses like this. It looks really yummy! I also did a lot of DIY projects for my wedding. It was fun, but was very time-consuming. Good luck!

  12. Man and cheese!! Lol. Love to see more of your home DIY projects, the signs look great.

    • Thank you, Aimee! I did some more projects this weekend, but not sure how much to share before the wedding. There will be tons of pics after tho!!!

  13. That sign looks awesome. I love the font for the letters. Very classy!

    • Thanks, Katherine! I’m like itching to show you guys more but I want to wait for the big reveal. Unfortunately that won’t be for several months. Wow, i can’t believe we’re less than 4 months away…

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