Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Cre8tive Kitchen

An easy to fix meal using your left over macaroni and cheese made into something new. It is a huge family favorite at my house! I made this up one day trying to figure out something for dinner and all I had was leftover macaroni and cheese and just threw some things together into a fantastic meal.

Top Review by Susie D

I adopted this recipe/chef for Pick A Chef Fall 08. In doing so I failed to notice that the recipe calls for leftover mac & cheese & lists no amount. I had none so pulled a box out of the pantry & started fresh. I thought this recipe was good for several reasons. It is budget friendly, utilizes items most have on hand, makes a lot, and is an easy replacement for "hamburger helper" type meals. I did make a few changes. I used one box of shells & cheese boxed macaroni, added one chopped onion while cooking the ground meat, and used the crushed tortillas to top the casserole rather than on the bottom. I also used cooking spray in the baking dish. Thank you for sharing your creation!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Break up the tortilla chips until you have between 1-2 cups depending on how much crunch you want in your meal.
  2. Cook the hamburger and drain the fat; make the taco meat according to the package directions.
  3. In a bowl, mix the leftover macaroni and cheese, taco meat, tomatoes or salsa, and the olives (set aside some olives for the top). Set aside.
  4. Spray a large baking dish (8x13 rectangle) with cooking spray and layer the broken tortilla chips on the bottom;.
  5. top with the macaroni mixture;.
  6. top with shredded cheese and olives.
  7. bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly.
  8. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, salsa, or lettuce as desired after meal is cooked.

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