New Mexico Chili Pasta Bake

"I was inspired to make my own version of chili pasta bake, that had just a touch of spice and rich flavor. This closely reminds me of enchiladas. This is always a big hit at home or parties. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Preheat oven 375*.
  • Prepare a 11x7x3 baking dish or any deep dish that will hold the amount of ingredients with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • First, gather tomatoes and blend well, set aside.
  • Now dice up red onion, poblano pepper, place in bowl, set aside.
  • Mince garlic cloves, set aside.
  • Then in a small dish combine garlic powder, 1 teaspoons cumin powder, Mexican oregano, dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, 1 teaspoons salt, set aside.
  • Gather flour in another small dish, set aside.
  • Use a (non-stick) dutch-style pan, heat on med-high, add ground meat, onion, poblano pepper, cook for about 4-5 minute Then add, mixed spices and cook for about another 1-2 minutes Stir in flour and cook for 2 minute (this helps cook the rawness of the flour).
  • Add blended tomatoes and minced garlic, stir & cook for about 2 minutes Add red chili powder stir & cook another 1 minute.
  • Add 4 cups of water, cream. 1 teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoons black pepper & 1 teaspoons salt or more to taste. Bring to a simmer, cook uncovered for 15 minute for the flavors to come together.
  • In prepare dish, add uncooked pasta and pour *chili sauce over pasta until submerged. Toss 1 cup cheddar cheese and mix around dish. Top with the other cup of cheese. Place in middle-rack of oven and cook for about 45 minute or until pasta is tender.
  • Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes & onion or eat just like that.
  • Footnotes:

  • Preheat oven 375* Prepare a 11x7x3 baking dish or any deep dish that will hold the amount of ingredients with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • *Note your chili will be watery, but will thicken up from the pasta and cheese. **If you decide to use spaghetti make sure to boil in salted water for half the time on box. Drain and rinse in cold water. You will need it to be flexible to mix in chili sauce. Cut baking time to 30 minute.
  • ***If you cannot find NM red chili powder, try to find a plain red chili powder. If not, then you can probably use regular chili powder, but be aware that it is mixed with spices, such as garlic, cumin, etc. So you might have to adjust the spices in this recipe.

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I am a self-taught home cook that loves getting dirty in the kitchen. I seek inspiration everywhere I go & love creating my own version of dishes, I fall in love with... My favorite things to cook: I can't get enough of Mexican foods. My favorite family cooking traditions: Since I was a child, cooking items were my favorite things to play with. I loved to be in the kitchen with my mother. I grew up on homemade meals, so eating out was a special occasion. I feel the best thing to do is get family involved, especially children. You will be surprised how much more they will appreciate and enjoy food; more so, because they produced something out of love. My cooking triumphs: I started off as young mother and needed to find other ways of feeding my children besides processed foods. So in my spare time I was addicted to cooking shows on PBS and Food Network. You would be surprised how much you can learn by paying attention and soaking up useful information. With a lot of trial and error, I have become such a better cook throughout the years and I am still learning new techniques everyday. My cooking tragedies: Let's just say salt was a big enemy in the beginning stages of my cooking. Practice makes perfect! So my biggest tip is ALWAYS taste your food during the cooking process & after... I can't stress this enough! Get your pallet use to EXPERIENCING flavors. Also seasoning in between cooking stages, builds flavor. LOVE - LEARN - COOK
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