Queso Mac & Cheese

  • SERVING SIZE ½ pound
  • PREP TIME 1 hr.
  • TOTAL TIME 1 hr. 45 mins.

Take mac and cheese to a spicy new place with the flavorful additions of chorizo ground turkey and chopped jalapeño. Serve for lunch, for dinner or as a side to please patrons with a new take on comfort food.



Queso Mac & Cheese

Yield: 6 pounds 

1 lb.

Cavatappi noodles, dry

2 ¼ cups

Mac & Cheese Topping

8 cups

Cheese Blend

1 gallon


1 ½ tbsp.

Queso, fresh and crumbled

1 sprig

Fresh cilantro

2 ½ oz.

Pico de gallo

Blue and gold corn chips, as needed


Cheese Blend

4 cups

Cheese sauce

8 oz.

Mild yellow cheddar cheese, grated

8 oz.

Pepper jack cheese, grated

10 oz.

Velveeta, diced

1 cup


2 ea.

Jalapeños, fresh and chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste


Mac & Cheese Topping

⅓ cup

Potato chips, crushed

¾ cup

Panko bread crumbs

2 tbsp.

Parmesan cheese

1 tbsp.

Butter, melted



To prepare the Queso Mac & Cheese:

1. Boil the pasta until cooked al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let cool.

2. Pour the cold pasta into a buttered pan (approximately 9 inches x 13 inches). Combine the Mac & Cheese Topping ingredients, blend well and add to the pasta along with the Cheese Blend. Spread evenly.

3. Bake in a preheated oven until hot and bubbly around the edges (to an internal temperature of 175–185℉).

4. While the mac and cheese is heating, sauté the turkey chorizo (in pieces about the size of a dime) until hot and crumbly.

5. Remove the mac and cheese from the oven, then top with the cooked turkey chorizo, sprinkle with the fresh queso and garnish with the cilantro sprig.

6. Serve the pico de gallo and chips on the side.



To prepare the Cheese Blend:

1. Heat the cheese sauce in a heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, and then fold in grated cheeses and diced Velveeta. Blend well.

2. Add the milk and jalapeños, then add salt and pepper as desired.


Swap and substitute to make it your own.


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