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King Ranch Mac and Cheese
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4.34 from 3 votes

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 607kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes.
  • Stir in Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta cheese. Cook, stirring continuously until cheese melts.
  • Mix in chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, ancho chili powder, and cumin.
  • Add pasta and half of both cheddar cheese and Monterey cheese.
  • Pour into a greased 10-inch cast iron pan or 11X7-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and crushed Doritos.
  • Bake until bubbly, for 25 to 30 minutes.


Calories: 607kcal