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Spicy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6-8 servings

To give a little life to regular macaroni and cheese, my best friend and I decided to stir in ground beef and a chopped jalapeno.—Debra Kind, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onion, peppers and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in macaroni, milk and seasonings. Reduce heat. Stir in cheese until melted.

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