Southwest Macaroni and Cheese

southwest mac n cheese Southwest Macaroni and Cheese

Spice up your favorite comfort food!

This is a creamy, creamy and delicious version of mac n cheese with a little zip and zest mixed in!  Balance the zip and zest with some black beans and corn and you’ve got the perfect one dish dinner!

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Southwest Macaroni and Cheese


1 lb. elbow macaroni noodles
8 oz. sour cream
10 oz. Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 cups cooked black beans, or 15 oz. can black beans
15 oz. can corn
2 cups Mexican blend cheese, or Pepper Jack cheese blend, divided



  • Cook the pasta noodles as directed.  Drain.
  • In the same pot, stir together the sour cream, Rotel diced tomatoes, black beans, corn.  Add the noodles back to the mixture and stir in about 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese.
  • Use the remaining cheese to top off each serving. Serve warm.
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106 Responses to Southwest Macaroni and Cheese

  1. leigh anne says:

    I’m thinking substituting half of the sour cream with the new sante fe philly cooking creme would be yummy!

  2. I am totally making this next week! But since I’m not much of a black bean person, I’ll leave those out.

    I like the idea of putting some of the new Philly Cooking Creme in it – I’ve been wanting to try that stuff.

  3. Amanda says:

    I am definitely putting this on my menu plan for the month! What a great, easy twist on traditional mac and cheese – my family will love it!

  4. Heather says:

    This recipe sounds great! Can’t wait to try it this weekend or next week.

  5. Tabitha K says:

    I want to make this next week!

  6. Jill says:

    I am adding this to my menu plan for next week.

  7. Kim W. says:

    My son LOVES mac-n-cheese and I can’t wait to make this for us next week along with some yummy pork chops and a salad!!

  8. Allison says:

    This is the one I want to try next week! Thanks and I love the new site!

  9. Tracey Lynn McGaw says:

    Making this now! cant wait to try it!

  10. Susan H says:

    Putting this on next week’s meal plan. Hubby is from San Antonio, he should love this!

  11. Kristy says:

    Definitely making this recipe this weekend! Need something fast and easy to help me pack boxes!

  12. Jennifer W. says:

    This Southwest Macaroni and Cheese is the meal I am making this week!!! This new site is a great idea!!! Thanks.

  13. Nikki Maddox says:

    I will be making the Southwest Mac & Cheese. Best of luck on the new site! I have both of your cookbooks, so I can’t wait to add the new one!

  14. Rachel King says:

    I’m such a mac’n’cheese fiend, I can’t even tell you, and this looks sooo good. I’ll definitely be making this for “Family” Game Night dinner on Sunday.

  15. Kristy says:

    This looks so good, I love Macc and Cheese what a great way to mix it up. We’ll be trying this out next week!

  16. Vicki says:

    I want to try this! I think I would substitute yogurt for the sour cream though!

  17. Barb says:

    My husband never likes my homemade mac and cheese, so I’m definitely going to surprise him and made this Southwest mac and cheese this week–it sounds great!

  18. Shawna Landers says:

    I want to make this next week if not sooner!!!

  19. Karen F says:

    Love the addition of beans for protein here in something the kids will gobble up without question! This is one I will try for this week.

  20. Heather says:

    This looks super good. I’m definitely going to try this soon.

  21. Traci says:

    I’m going to make this next week.

  22. Wendy says:

    I have all of this in my pantry so I don’t even have to go to the grocery store for it! I’ll be making it on Wednesday. Can’t wait to spice things up and get past the boring mac and cheese.

  23. Marella V says:

    Contest Entry: I will making this recipe next week.

  24. Lindsay Sorgenfrei says:

    Totally making this next week- I love that I always have these ingredients on hand! Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. Tammy Sharp says:

    Yum! I am definitely making this next week! I love Mac & Cheese and I love black beans! I’m very excited to try this!

  26. Alexis says:

    This looks great! And I have lots of beans I froze in my freezer!

  27. Rachel says:

    I will definitely be making this one tomorrow night…..and the Potato Fritata next week! Both look so good, and easy! I love the sleek, simple look of this website. So fresh and uncluttered. LOVE IT! This will be my new favorite place to come for a quick meal idea! THANK YOU for this website!

  28. Julie says:

    My husband thinks macaroni and cheese is a VEGETABLE. I can cook this up this week and I bet he falls in love with it! Looks yummy!

  29. De-An Davis says:

    This looks great! My boys love mac-n-cheese, I think I will have to try this in the next week or so.

  30. Laura C says:

    This looks really yummy Erin – I’m going to give this a whirl next week!

  31. Angel Cross says:

    I’m definitely going to try this next week.

  32. Linda says:

    I want to try this. Sounds awesome. Like the idea of philly creme too, since I haven’t been quite sure how to use it.

  33. gina says:

    I think I would like to try this one next week!

  34. Tina H says:

    this is the one. lent is tough since I don’t eat seafood…but this will make a great dinner!

  35. Chandra says:

    I will be making this one…my husband will absolutely love this one!

  36. Christine Slover says:

    Definitely this is my pick to make next week. Nice new site!

  37. Vicky Janowski says:

    yum, this is the one I’m tackling next

  38. Maureen Liz says:

    This looks so good – we are going to make it tonight – Hope it’s a hit!!! Cheesey goodness!!!

  39. Mrs. White says:

    I have been looking for a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe that had a little style to it.
    This looks great! I will try it next week.

    Thank you!
    Mrs. White

  40. Heidi says:

    I would love to include this in my meal plan next week! I’m craving it already 🙂 Thanks!

  41. mandie says:

    Making this next week! (Might not be able to wait that long though!) Looks & sounds YUMTASTIC!

  42. Jane says:

    What a good idea — One Dish Dinners! The Southwest Macaroni and Cheese will be what I make. I like the comfort food and my husband likes the chilis.

  43. Michele J says:

    We love Rotel so the Southwest Macaroni and Cheese will be on my menu 🙂

  44. Donna B. says:

    <3 this idea, I'll be making it this week! 🙂

  45. Andrea R. says:

    This is going on my menu for next week. Even my picky preschooler will like this!

  46. Joe says:

    My younger daughter loves anything mac n cheese so I will have the wife make this!

  47. Alyce says:

    I’ll definitely make this next week! I love spicy food and my kids love Mac N Cheese – nothing like a little tweaking to make it fun for everyone!

  48. Susan B. says:

    I will be making this Friday night! I think the kids will really like this combination. I never would have thought to put it all together. Thanks! Great no meat dish!

  49. Nancy says:

    This mac ‘n’ cheese sounds wonderful! Will try it soon.

  50. Angela G says:

    I feel like I need the comfort of this meal right now but plan to make it soon as I don’t have all the ingredients today.

  51. Bethany says:

    (#3 giveaway) I will be making this on Sunday. Looks delicious!!!

  52. Deborah says:

    Sounds good can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  53. Erin I. says:

    I’m always looking for yummy and filling meatless meals to add to our weekly menu plan once or twice a week. This looks delicious–I’ll definitely be making this one! 🙂

  54. Kathie says:

    Regarding your giveaway, I will be trying this Southwestern Mac N Cheese, looks like something that won’t last long in my house:) Love your website and all of the new things you are getting into.

  55. lucy White says:

    I can not wait to make this for my kids this weekend! My daughter is always requesting Mac N Cheese. This will be a nice change and add some healthy beans and corn.

  56. Kathy says:

    Definitely need to make this one next week. I think it will be a keeper around here!

  57. Michelle Roseberry says:

    I will be making this recipe next week for sure. I have a 2 year old boy who LOVES macaroni and cheese and this will be a great way to sneak in veggies for him to eat them. Thank you so much!

  58. Jenni Mackey says:

    I’ll be trying this one next week 🙂

  59. Lenyse says:

    Going to have to try this one – my family LOVES mac & cheese, and this is a neat twist. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Brandye says:

    I will be making this next week!

  62. Maggie Mae says:

    So excited to try the Southwest Mac and Cheese! My family is going to love it and, my luck, Rotel tomatoes are on sale this week!!! Thank you. Not to mention I’m going to love cleaning up only the one pot!!!

  63. JAMI says:

    This sounds like a GREAT version of mac n cheese…I cant wait to try it!!!

  64. maz says:

    I will be trying this! Always looking for healthy ways to jazz up my carb and cheese addiction!

  65. Renae says:

    Just saw the giveway but I MADE this this week…and it will be added on the menu because it was short lived in this house, thanks!!

  66. Audrey Bridenbaker says:

    I am going to try the Southwestern Mac n cheese this weekend! That sounds so yummy! My husband is not good at trying new stuff but I think hell like it!

  67. Sarah says:

    We will be trying this!! this looks yummy! the kids love mac and cheese this will add a little something different to it, can’t wait!!! =)

  68. Charlotte Allred says:

    We will be having this next week. My boys love macoroni and cheese.

  69. Jessica says:

    Love the new site! The flavors in this recipe are right up my families alley! I am making this, this weekend for sure!

  70. Megan says:

    I will be making this next week, sounds sooo good!! Love mac and cheese!!

  71. Jessica says:

    This is what we are gonna try! I’ve got some sour cream that we need to use and now I’ve got the recipe – A yummy and inexpensive dinner AND no waste!!

  72. Jamie says:

    This is definitely one I will be trying next week!! Yum!!

  73. Meredith says:

    This dish sounds so yummy!!!! I’ll definitely be making this one next week!!!!!

  74. Sara says:

    Oooh this looks delicious! I’m adding this to next week’s menu plan!

    Thank you!

  75. Ingerlise says:

    I can’t wait to try this next Saturday. It looks/sounds delicious!

  76. Amber says:

    Wow, what a neat twist on a classic. I think I will put this on the menu next week. Thanks!

  77. Nicole says:

    I think that this sounds good! Thanks for the recipe!

  78. Toni says:

    Definitely making this one Sunday evening. Comfort food meets Mexican – Life doesn’t get much better.

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  80. Angie says:

    Mmmm, I just made this! So easy and so GOOD! Thank you!!!

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  82. Throw some diced chicken in there and you’ve got a full meal! Yum!

  83. Karen Hiebert says:

    i keep trying varying mac ‘n cheese but they are all too PLAIN. Ill try this one and make a few tweaks, see how it goes, thanks!

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  85. Tammy Groen says:

    I have never tried to make mac and cheese because my kids will only eat kraft dinner – but im gonna try this recipe – i think it looks yummy

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  87. MKS says:

    Could I add about a cup of chicken to add a little protein? I have everything but the black beans.

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  89. Kath says:

    Do you drain the tomatoes, beans and corn?

    • Kath says:

      Replying to my own post. I drained the beans and corn, but not the ro-tel. 1 cup of sour cream didn’t seem to make it creamy enough, so I added the remainder of a “Helluva Good Bodacious Onion Dip” (about 2/3 cup) that had been leftover in the fridge, which added both creaminess and an onion-y zing! Was very tasty as a side dish and I’ll be having the leftovers this week at work for my lunch.

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  92. Stephanie says:

    My family loves this.We add smoked sausage (diced) into it and it is great. I have also added chicken which was good too. Hamburger would probably be good too if you had some.

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  94. Angela says:

    This might be a dumb question but I guess you drain the black beans and corn before adding?

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  96. JRA in CO says:

    I LOVE this recipe – super cheap! Super easy!! there are many evenings that I’m on “mom taxi” duty and this is so simple that my other child can fix it (minus the corn -I’m allergic). They all seem to enjoy it – hubby didn’t even complain about the chunks of tomatoes! Definitely a keeper!

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  98. Tess says:

    How does this hold up in the freezer? (I found it on your 31 days of freezer cooking post)

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