Southwestern Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

A wonderful potluck meal or a great lunch served with a side salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions; drain and keep warm.
  3. Spray a large nonstick skillet with Pam.
  4. Add the turkey and cook until no longer pink, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
  5. Stir in the onion, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, and salt.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chiles, and water; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  8. Add the macaroni and cheese, stirring to combine.


Most Helpful

I was sort of disappointed- I didn't detect much Southwestern flavor. It just tasted like every other macaroni skillet dinner I've ever made.

J-Lynn February 20, 2013

We thought this was good basic casserole type dish and a good way to use up that leftover Turkey. Instead of ground turkey I used chopped up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Used wheat Penne in place of the elbow macaroni and I left out the cheese (just forgot about it). Maybe the absence of the cheese is why I didn't think this was great but it was still good. If I make it again, I'll add that in.

OCMom1 December 23, 2011

I made this for dinner tonight and really enjoyed it. One of its strengths is that you can alter it to your personal taste very easily. I used penne instead of macaroni and a bit more than called for. I also used extra onion and pepper, subbed red pepper for the green, and added some chopped celery, fresh tomatoes, and garlic. At the end, I added the pasta to the sauce, added some to a glass dish, sprinkled cheese on top, and continued the layering. I added breadcrumbs to the top and baked at 425F for about 15-20 mins until the top was crispy. I think next time I'd leave out the water though. This was delicious and I'm looking forward to the leftovers. Thanks!

KissaK1 July 28, 2009

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