Green Chili Mac and Cheese

Green Chili Mac and Cheese


  • 8 oz (225g) elbow macaroni or any pasta of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped green chilies (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional, for garnish)


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Cheese Sauce:
    • In a separate large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
    • Stir in the flour and cook for about 1-2 minutes until it forms a paste and starts to turn golden brown.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
    • Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until it thickens and begins to bubble.
    • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the shredded cheese until it’s completely melted and the sauce is smooth.

  1. Add Flavor:
    • Stir in the chopped green chilies, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
  2. Combine Pasta and Sauce:
    • Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until the pasta is evenly coated.
  3. Serve:
    • Transfer the Green Chili Mac and Cheese to a serving dish.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro if desired.
    • Serve hot and enjoy!

This recipe offers a perfect blend of creamy cheese sauce with a hint of spice from the green chilies, creating a comforting and flavorful dish that’s sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

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