Mac and cheese with a little bit of spice.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs 15 mins
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.

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  • Combine the rotini pasta, evaporated milk, American cheese, Cheddar cheese, canned green chiles, and chili powder in a slow cooker.

  • Cook on High, stirring twice, for 2 hours.

  • Stir tomatoes and green onions through the pasta mixture.

  • Continue cooking until the tomatoes are hot, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

675 calories; protein 34.2g 68% DV; carbohydrates 55.9g 18% DV; fat 35.5g 55% DV; cholesterol 110.5mg 37% DV; sodium 1471.5mg 59% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (26)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2013
I cook for a tiny 91 year old woman who loves spicy dishes as well as mac and cheese. I read the first review and doubled the sharp cheese (extra sharp) and rather than American cheese I added a can of cheddar cheese soup. Because my client likes so much spice I added a can (undrained to compensate for the extra cheese) of diced tomatoes with jalapenos threw in a few shakes of red pepper flakes and the result was Wonderful. This is a great recipe!...creamy thick a little kick (more if you choose) and hopefully will get discovered. Thank you so much! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2019
I used only cheddar cheese 4 oz sharp and the rest medium. I also subbed a can rotel for the individual can s of tomato and chilies. It was still very mild and if I make again may add some jalapeno peppers or other stronger flavors. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2013
I cook for a tiny 91 year old woman who loves spicy dishes as well as mac and cheese. I read the first review and doubled the sharp cheese (extra sharp) and rather than American cheese I added a can of cheddar cheese soup. Because my client likes so much spice I added a can (undrained to compensate for the extra cheese) of diced tomatoes with jalapenos threw in a few shakes of red pepper flakes and the result was Wonderful. This is a great recipe!...creamy thick a little kick (more if you choose) and hopefully will get discovered. Thank you so much! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2013
I doubled this recipe. I did throw in double the amount of sharp cheddar cheese (16 ounces for a doubled recipe). Other than that I made no other changes. The macaroni and cheese was VERY creamy and packed a great punch. This recipe's a keeper--NO LEFTOVERS. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2013
This is the first time I've ever made mac and cheese in a crock-pot and with summer temperatures soaring outside this was a great way to cook it and not heat the house up with the oven. I did double the recipe other than that followed exactly. The boys and their girlfriends loved it it's not the same as oven mac and cheese but it was nice and creamy and we all enjoyed it. I stirred it about three times in the two hours and it was perfectly done in the time specified. I really liked it with just the green chilies and may try that next time omitting the tomatoes and onions at the end. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2014
This is delicious and I just love that it makes a creamy mac and cheese without all of the processed like in the boxes. I also doubled the cheddar as per others recommendations and added a can of diced tomatoes (juice and all) b/c I was too lazy to cut a fresh one. Next time I will cook up some ground beef in taco seasoning and add that too. LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2017
My kids flipped out over this recipe!! I did double it and add cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies instead of fresh toms and a can of corn. Used Pepper Jack and sharp cheddar and it was so yummy!! My boy woke up in the morning and asked if he could have left overs for breakfast!!! Now that's a win win!!! This last time I made this I added a fresh Jalepano and cilantro. So good!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2014
I used 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese and threw in a can of rotal (undrained) in place of the tomatoes and green chilis at the beginning of the cooking process. I also used whole wheat pasta. I omitted the green onions as DH does not care for them but I could see them working well in this. It came out just stellar nice and creamy and thick and the flavor was great. I think what I liked most about this recipe is that unlike baked mac and cheese I didn't have to put a whole stick of butter or any butter in it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2014
This was my first time making mac n' cheese in the crockpot and I loved it. The cooking time was perfect in my older crockpot as it doesn't get as hot as the newer models. I had 6 young adults all newly married over for dinner and they pretty much finished the bowl! I only had white American cheese so I cubed that up. We liked the mild spiciness to this recipe and it will be one that I make again. Thanks henrythe8thiam for sharing your recipe. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2013
Great dish for large gatherings I tripled the recipe and it filled up the slow cooker nicely. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2016
This is the first time making slow cooker mac and cheese. I'm used to making baked mac and cheese with a roux based white sauce with lots of butter. Substituted PIPE RIGATI cooked for 7 minutes vs the 10-12. CREAM CHEESE for the American cheese 8 oz of SHARP CHEDDAR vs the 4 oz. (per several reviews) 1-10 oz can of DICED TOMATOES WITH GREEN CHILIS (drained) saving juice for later. DH does not like his food too spicy. Added green onion on the sides.... yes DH doesn't like them. Check slow cooker every half hour since my model is very old and very hot. Very creamy and so easy to make. This is not your old fashioned baked in the oven mac and cheese. This is a keeper for sure. Thank you Update...... I will try this with mexican style cheeses next time. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2019
I used only cheddar cheese 4 oz sharp and the rest medium. I also subbed a can rotel for the individual can s of tomato and chilies. It was still very mild and if I make again may add some jalapeno peppers or other stronger flavors. Read More