Revamping Mac and Cheese

For Nacho Mama's Mac, stir in warm leftover taco meat; sauteed chopped sweet red pepper and whole kernel corn; and shredded cheddar cheese. Top with coarsley crushed nacho tortilla chips.

For Jalapeno Popper Mix, stir in cream cheese, canned chopped green chilies, pickled jalapeno slices and a splash of milk. Top with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and panko (Japanese) bread crumbs.

For Extra Cheesy Mac, stir in Muenster, mild cheddar, sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and a splash of milk. Top with thinly sliced fresh basil.

For Messy Mac, stir in warmed leftover sloppy joe meat and barbecue sauce. Top with shredded Colby cheese.

For Reuben Mac, stir in warmed chopped leftover or deli corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island salad dressing and shredded Swiss cheese. Top with coarsely crushed garlic-flavored rye chips.

For Veggie Mac, stir in sauteed minced garlic, Italian seasoning, chopped zucchini and onion. Add a can of diced tomatoes, drained, and a touch of prepared mustard.