Chile Macaroni Con Queso Style

"This is a typical kid friendly comfort food meal. My own variation of a recipe from a good friend. It is a simple meal to make and great for a cold winter day dinner. If you like cheese as I do, you may add more then indicted below. You may substitute low fat shredded cheese and/or low carb elbows if desired. Serve with a salad and your done!"
Chile Macaroni Con Queso Style created by PanNan
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  • Cook macaroni according to directions on the macaroni box.
  • Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning.
  • In a large bowl add cooled elbows, ground beef, two cans of diced tomatoes.
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Add 3/4 of the shredded cheese bag to bowl and mix.
  • Transfer ingredients to a large lasagna pan.
  • Add remaining cheese and put on top of the casserole.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and lightly browned.

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  1. Noo8820
    Perfect comfort food!<br/>I didn't have tomatoes with chillies, so just chopped up some jalapenos from a jar, which I always have in the house. Also used low fat cheese, and you would never have guessed.<br/>Great flavours, nicely spiced...DH and I loved it...<br/>Made for PAC-OCT '11.
  2. Sandy in Oklahoma
    When I straightened my pantry, I realized I had 10 cans of Ro-tel tomatoes. This looked like the perfect recipe to use a couple of cans. It was a little spicy but not too hot. The whole family loved it and it made a lot!! This was fast, easy and good..just what I look for in a recipe. This will be great for a cold night. Thanks for the it! Yum..gonna have leftovers for lunch tomorrow if someone doesn't beat me to it!
    My husband loved this! Makes a great item for the next day for brown bagging to work. Used my own taco seasoning mix, too. Served with a tossed salad and green beans. Simple but tasty!
  4. PanNan
    What an easy but delicious family comfort meal for a busy weeknight. This reminded me of the chili mac casserole we use to have in the cafeteria years ago, and I've never found a recipe before that was close to it. Great find! I did brown the ground beef first with the taco seasoning, and drained off the grease, before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. I used one can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of Rotel tomatoes (with chiles). The macaroni and beef were still hot, so it only took 20 minutes in the oven to get the cheese brown and bubbly. Thanks for sharing this little jewel.
  5. PanNan
    Chile Macaroni Con Queso Style Created by PanNan



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