Last year for my birthday I made Mexican Mac & Cheese and it was such a hit at the taste-off. That was wayyy too much mac and cheese so I took a break from any for awhile. If you need a non-holiday meal this is perfect!
This one is special. It isn’t traditional which is also why it is so good. Ohh I love it…everyone else does too.
½ pound elbow macaroni
⅓ pound ground turkey
3 tbs taco seasoning
½ cup butter
2 tbs flour
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or grated
¾ cup milk
1 egg yolk
1 roasted red pepper
⅓ cup Monterrey jack cheese
¼ cup salsa
1 cup tortilla chips, crumbled
Brown the ground turkey with taco seasoning while water is boiling for the pasta.
Melt butter over medium low heat and add flour to get a roux going.
Slowly add milk stirring constantly until well incorporated.
Turn to low and add cheese.
When pasta is just barely soft, remove from the water and add it to a baking dish. Mix the egg yolk in and then the cheese sauce.
Add ground turkey, roasted red peppers, remaining cheese and mix. Dot with salsa but don’t mix salsa through.
Top with crumbled tortilla chips and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
This mac and cheese is creamy and has really great flavor. I sprinkle more taco seasoning on the top before topping with chips. It’s kind of a casserole and it is such a winner.
Green onions would be good and jalapenos if you wanted some spice. I think I threw in some leftover black beans once for color.