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.
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.
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.
Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese
- 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
- Make macaroni and cheese as directed.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Cook on stove until heated through.