King Ranch Mac and Cheese

I love recipes that combine two of my favorite foods into one dish. This recipe, which I’ve adapted from Southern Living, does a wonderful job of blending two southern favorites- mac and cheese and King Ranch Casserole- into one delicious meal.

King Ranch Mac and Cheese

I actually had very low expectations for this King Ranch Mac and Cheese recipe. I think something about the idea of tomatoes in my mac and cheese put me off. And a can of cream of chicken soup in my mac and cheese? That really raised an eyebrow. But my friend Stephanie of Plain Chicken did her own version of this recipe and she raved and raved about how good it was.

So I knew I had to keep an open mind and give it a try.

King Ranch Casserole in mac and cheese form! Creamy and spicy, with diced chicken and a crushed dorito topping!

And boy was I glad I did. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite meals in recent memory. It is cheesy, creamy, and spicy with a crunchy Dorito topping and diced chicken really makes it feel like a full meal.

King Ranch Casserole in mac and cheese form. Creamy and spicy with diced chicken and a crushed dorito topping.

There are seriously so many flavors going on in this King Ranch Mac and Cheese – tomatoes and spice from a can of Rotel tomatoes and chilies (I used hot Rotel which gave the mac and cheese a fairly high spice level), but you could use mild instead.

There are southwestern flavors from chili powder and cumin, plus plenty of cheese flavor from cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Velveeta cheese.

 

King Ranch Casserole in Mac and Cheese form. Creamy and spicy with diced chicken and a crushed dorito topping.

Sour cream and a can of cream of chicken soup help keep King Ranch Mac and Cheese super moist, even after the cooked dish cools down.

King Ranch Casserole in mac and chees form. Spicy and creamy with diced chicken and a crushed dorito topping.

If you love the flavors of southwestern food, this spin on mac and cheese is sure to be a favorite!

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King Ranch Casserole in mac and cheese form. Spicy and creamy with diced chicken and a crushed dorito topping.

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King Ranch Mac and Cheese
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King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This King Ranch Mac and Cheese is a combo of two southern favorites. It is creamy, spicy, and cheesy and has diced chicken and a crunchy Dorito topping.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 6
Calories: 607 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 1/2 (16-ounce) package pasta, I used Gemelli
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, spicy
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Velveeta pasteurized prepared cheese, product cubed
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed Dorito chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta cheese. Cook, stirring continuously until cheese melts.
  4. Mix in chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ancho chili powder, and cumin.
  5. Add pasta and half of both cheddar cheese and Monterey cheese.
  6. Pour into a greased 10-inch cast iron pan or 11X7-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and crushed Doritos.
  7. Bake until bubbly, for 25 to 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 607
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Southern Living

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34 thoughts on “King Ranch Mac and Cheese

  1. Today is my sons 31st birthday and he said to surprise him with a meal. He loves mac and cheese, spicy food and Texas——gotta be a winner. I’ll let you know. Can you suggest a good side dish?

  2. I made this for lunch at a homeless centre i volunteer with and the best comment (and common theme) i got was that it nearly made them orgasm. Everyone raved about it for days – i have to make it again and soon I’ve been told.

  3. Your recipe was the most delicious Mac n cheese I’ve ever made!! We had our first snow of the winter in Atlanta last night, and I had planned ahead and gotten the ingredients for this tonight. My husband and I loved it so much – spicy, comforting and tasty in cold weather! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  4. You say you need 1/2 cup of Sour cream but you never tell us what to do with it in the recipe . I just added it when I added the soup.

  5. My boys are standing over my shoulder saying , “mom can you please make this this weekend?” Looks like this is a teenager approved and delicious meal that our whole family will love. Just Pinned!

  6. Cheese overload. This really looks like a full loaded meal. It looks perfect! I can already taste its cheesiness, creaminess, and spiciness. It would really be a great comfort food!

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