Salsa-Spiked Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This "adult" version from April 1999 Chatelaine is the ONLY mac 'n cheese for my family. Use mild, medium or hot salsa - with or without cayenne, depending on how much heat you like!! Just add a side salad for a nutritious dinner.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Following the package directions, cook macaroni in boiling water for the MINIMUM cooking time- usually 7 minutes.
  2. Drain& rinse with cold running water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Drain well& place in an ungreased baking dish large enough to hold 8 cups.
  4. Meanwhile, pour milk into a large saucepan, over medium heat until milk is steaming hot.
  5. Do NOT boil.
  6. Cut cream cheese into 1/2 inch cubes.
  7. Combine grated cheddar& flour in a small bowl.
  8. As soon as the milk is hot, stir in cream cheese cubes until they melt.
  9. Continuing to stir, gradually sprinkle in the cheddar/flour mixture, then the parmesan, mustard, salt, paprika& cayenne.
  10. Stirring frequently, cook until cheeses melt& sauce is smooth (about 3 or 4 more minutes).
  11. Pour sauce over cooked macaroni& stir until coated.
  12. Fold in salsa& green onions just until evenly distributed.
  13. Smooth top.
  14. Cover& bake in the center of a preheated 350F oven until hot& bubbly, about 30- 35 minutes.
  15. For extra crunch, uncover& sprinkle with buttered breadcrumbs during the last 10 minutes of baking time.
  16. TIP: Whirl 2 or 3 bread slices in food processor until crumbs form; add 1 tbsp melted butter& whirl until crumbs are coated.


Most Helpful

Great recipe for those days when you don't want just plain old mac & cheese again. The salsa and spices really add an interesting kick.

Jellyqueen July 23, 2003

This was really good. I made this for my husband and his friends for hockey night and it was loved by all. I will make it again for sure.

FrVanilla March 06, 2009

What a great easy meal. My 3 year old ate two bowls full!! Added slightly more mustard than stated but we just loved the flavour it gave to the dish. I had a handful of crushed corn chips in my freezer so added that to the breadcrumb mix and it gave it such a nice crunchy topping. Thank you for this, it will be a regular for us.

Jewelies August 07, 2007

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