Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese

This simple Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese recipe was something I created during the early years of our marriage. We did not have much money back then as we were just starting out and trying to save up for a downpayment on a house, so I was always looking for ways to make a cheap meal.

This recipe uses a boxed macaroni and cheese, but you can also make your own from scratch. Back in the day, these boxes would be on sale for like 25 cents a piece! I used to really love the challenge of making a better meal out of a simple macaroni and cheese mix.

Fast forward to now and thankfully, we have a little bigger budget, but I still make this every once in a while when I want to use up items in our pantry and save on food expense.

Macaroni and Cheese recipe for a tasty and inexpensive dinner idea!

I like to use fresh tomatoes, but in a pinch, you can used canned tomatoes.

Macaroni and Cheese recipe for a meal made with a boxed mix! So tasty and a cheap dinner idea!

This simple macaroni and cheese recipe comes together super fast, by the way, if you use a rotisserie chicken. It is also a great way to use up leftover chicken. 

Macaroni and Cheese recipe for a meal made with a boxed mix! So economical and easy!

The flavors come together to make a comforting and mildly spiced dinner in just minutes. In fact, it is ready in about twenty minutes. The kind of meal that is helpful when you have had a busy day and really do not feel like cooking.

You won't believe how easy this is to make this southwestern macaroni and cheese and it really stretches your dollar!

 Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese

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Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese
Serves: 4
  • 1 box macaroni and cheese, prepared
  • ¾ cup cooked chicken, cubed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon mild green chilis, diced
  • ½ teaspoon Mexican seasoning blend
  1. Make macaroni and cheese as directed.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Cook on stove until heated through.
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  1. It looks SO GOOD. Sometimes those early and cheap meals become classics. And we certainly always have our share of boxed mac and cheese in the house.

  2. What a yummy way to dress up macaroni and cheese 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing. This looks really good.

  4. Mmmm.. Mac and cheese.. So yummy…

  5. I’ve never tried macaroni and cheese like this before! It looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

  6. What an interesting combo! Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it!


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