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Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese

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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. 

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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.

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

You won't believe how easy this is to make and it really stretches your dollar!
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Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese

Course Dinner
Cuisine Southwestern Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 box macaroni and cheese prepared
  • 3/4 cup cooked chicken cubed
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon mild green chilis diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican seasoning blend


  • Make macaroni and cheese as directed.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Cook on stove until heated through.

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Friday 28th of October 2016

This looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try it!


Monday 31st of October 2016

Thanks Erica!


Wednesday 26th of October 2016

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

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