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Smoky Beef Mac & Cheese

Chipotle peppers make this smoky beef mac and cheese flavorful.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef recipes, comfort food, mac and beef, mac and cheese
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 672kcal


  • 12 oz lean ground beef
  • 10 oz cheddar cheese soup
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 3 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese *
  • 1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Adobo seasoning **
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2-3 green onions sliced


  • Season with Adobo seasoning and brown ground beef in heavy skillet. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook elbows in large pot to al dente stage; about 8 minutes. They should still have some "bite" in them. Drain and return to pot.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray or grease a 1.5 quart baking dish.
  • Add the cheese soup, milk, shredded cheese and chipoltes to pot with macaroni. Stir and combine well. Stir in ground beef.
  • Turn into prepared baking pan. Mix the Panko crumbs with the olive oil and distribute evenly on top of casserole.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and Panko crumbs are golden brown. Garnish with green onion slices.


*Colby or cheddar cheese may be substituted for Mexican blend
**This product is available from Goya but if you can't find it, a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder and a pinch of oregano will do.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 672kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1147IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 642mg | Iron: 3mg