September 9, 2013

Encha-Mac (enchilada mac & cheese)

This is my daughter's all time favorite meal. Like she requested it for her birthday dinner. For the last 2 years.  Lucky for me it is super easy. As in start it at 5pm and its ready before Daddy gets home from work. And it doesn't require any weird ingredients.

Encha-Mac (Enchilada Mac & Cheese)

1 10oz can of red enchilada sauce (I use mild Old El Paso)
1/2 lb ground beef
2 c elbow macaroni
1 c cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Brown the ground beef.
3. Cook macaroni until al dente, strain.
4. Stir in enchilada sauce, let simmer 3-5 mins.
5. Pour cooked macaroni into casserole dish, pour beef mixture on top and stir a bit to combine.
6. Top with cheese, and partially stir it in to the mixture.
7. Bake at 350 til bubbly and delicious (like 20 mins).

Note: If you're feeling particularly gourmet, you can cook diced onions, garlic and chopped green peppers in with the meat mixture. And you can add a dash of cumin, chili powder, and oregano to the sauce while its simmering.  But it tastes pretty dang good on its own.


  1. Ok. Yum! I'm a huge fan of mac and cheese, but haven't had this version. Can't wait to try!

  2. I love the name - that's super catchy! Looks pretty tasty :)

    Yvonne @

  3. This looks so yummy! We love mac and cheese! It's on our menu this week for sure!

  4. This looks SO. GOOD! I'm so excited to try this! Pinned.

  5. Yum! Love this easy and comfort food recipe! I love adding tomatoes to my mac!

  6. What size can of enchilada sauce?

    1. The regular/small size, 10 oz. Thanks for asking, I'll update the recipe to specify that. :)

  7. Any idea about nutritional facts, calories per serving and serving size?