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Mexi-Mac Casserole

Here’s one of my favorite all-in-one meals that uses items I typically have in the pantry. Green chilies give it just a little bite, but it’s easy to swap in a spicier can of tomatoes if you want to turn up the heat. —Jan Conklin, Stevensville, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (7-3/4 ounces) Mexican-style hot tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips

Directions

  • Prepare macaroni and cheese mix according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook the beef, onion and garlic in a Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, green chilies and taco seasoning. Stir in 2 cups cheese, beans, corn, tomato sauce and prepared macaroni and cheese dinner.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with chips and remaining cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° until bubbly, 30-35 minutes.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.

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  • Colly
    May 29, 2020

    This sounds really good. I think it might have a little more flavor if you put some of the crushed corn chips in the casserole, not just on top like it called for

  • mommy02
    Apr 2, 2020

    I cannot rate this recipe as I have not made it, yet. But I will put the chips on top as step #3 says to do!

  • Alan
    Apr 6, 2019

    Like so many recipes here, complete the recipe! It calls for crushed corn chips! Do I use them for a dip or on top or mixed in? I went back to the pic as think they were on top? Use this ingredient but don't tell me how! Dish is in the oven with chips on top, but really, loss of confidence with this site! Hope it is good?

  • ms11145
    Dec 17, 2017

    Awesome! I have made other mac/hamburger recipes but this is, by far, the best. I subbed Morning Star Crumbles for the hamburger because I'm a vegetarian. Husband didn't even notice. I have never purchased hot tomato sauce, so I subbed salsa which I always have!Update 10 months later, I made it again . This time I used chicken It was good , also.

  • Lauraanddiva
    May 20, 2017

    What a terrible waste of ingredients! I like all the ingredients individually but put together they were horrible.

  • ooh!
    Mar 22, 2017

    Very good and filling too!

  • paul3303
    Feb 11, 2015

    I thought it was a great recipe with the possible exception of too much cheese. I cut it back to 1/2 cup of cheese and sprinkled it on top instead of mixing it in.

  • maball
    Jul 13, 2014

    Delicious. My kids even liked it. We did regular diced tomatoes and left off the tortilla chips, and it was outstanding. Also used ground turkey.

  • wyokate
    Jul 13, 2013

    My son says he needs this recipe when he returns to college. That's a five-star endorsement.