This recipe was written for my culinary school graduation from ICE in 2009! It was such a big hit, I had numerous emails the next day requesting the recipe! I went on to make it for many events, and for a lot of loved ones who enjoy it. I wanted to share this recipe because I have been asked over the years many times and never given it out.. soooooooo
Get ready for the deliciousness!
Casey’s Nacho Mac and Cheese –
1 box of elbow macaroni
1 pint of heavy cream
2 packs of shredded mexican cheddar and asiago cheese
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 cup of diced tomato
1 cup of diced red onion
1 cup of diced green olive
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup of pickled jalapeños
3 tablespoons of cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 1/2 cups of crushed tortilla chips
Salsa, sour cream and avocado (optional)
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees
1. Bring water to a boil and cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain, do not rinse, put it into your baking dish.
2. In a medium pot, heat heavy cream on medium, being careful to not let it come to a boil. Add shredded cheese and stir until melted. Pour over the noodles and stir to combine.
3. Cook your ground beef in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Drain an excess fat, put meat into the pan with the cheesy noodles.
4. Stir in remaining ingredients (except the chips) combine evenly, cover and put into the oven.
5. Let it cook for 30 minutes, uncover and add crushed chips over the top. Allow it to cook another 15 minutes or until chips are crisp and the dish is heated through.
Serve with salsa, sour cream and/or avocado.
This is a great dish to bring to a get together, or just make for dinner!! Customize it however you want.. Don’t like spice? Leave out the jalapeño! Prefer black olives? Change that!
You can add in other meats as well.. Ground turkey, shredded beef, shredded chicken, diced steak.. Yum! Nothing better than a dish you can adjust and make to please the whole family!
For a healthier option, you can sub the regular pasta for whole wheat or vegetable pasta!
I mean really, what is better than mac and cheese + nachos!?