The Dish on Cravings

Mexican Mac & Cheese Casserole
The Dish on Cravings

Roll all those cravings into one

When I was pregnant, I had such strong cravings for Mexican food, macaroni and cheese, and jalapeños.

Adversely, in the beginning of my pregnancy, meat was the last thing I wanted, so my husband had to find creative ways to hide what little ground beef I permitted in our food so we could still get in that much protein. Here’s a quick recipe we used to satisfy all of those requests in one dish. Substitute silverware for tortilla chips for a more festive, hands-on dining experience.

Mexican Mac & Cheese Casserole


1/2 pound ground beef

1 can of Rotel

1 box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese, prepared (or your favorite macaroni and cheese brand)

1/2 package of taco seasoning

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 Sliced jalepeños (for reduced heartburn, take out the seeds)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed.
  3. Brown ground beef and drain, and then add taco seasoning.
  4. Mix beef, macaroni and cheese, Rotel, and jalapenos together before placing in a casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese and place in oven to back for 45 minutes.

(For a healthier spin on this meal, Rotel can be replaced with freshly chopped tomatoes and cilantro.)

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