Southwest Mac and Cheese

Can you believe  that this Southwest Mac and Cheese is only the second savory dish on my blog?  I would like to be able to post more of these but I keep getting pulled towards sweets!

I found this recipe on the Life Made Delicious website while I was looking for something to make my kiddies for lunch.  They were out playing in the freshly fallen snow so I knew I wanted something warm for them when they came in.  To my surprise they loved this dish even though my kids aren’t the biggest fans of peppers.  They gobbled this dish up without even batting an eye at the peppers.  A keeper recipe for sure!

Southwest Mac and Cheese | A Sweet Baker

This Southwest Mac and Cheese only takes one pot to make it in and you’ll have your meal on the table in under a half hour….from start to finish!  In my house that makes it the perfect meal after a busy day at work, school, activities and chores.  You can add whatever veggies you have on hand, or what your kids like, but in keeping with the Southwest flavor I added peppers, salsa, corn, taco seasoning and cheese.  I also like how the pasta was cooked with all the ingredients so it was able to absorb all the great flavors!

Southwest Mac and Cheese | A Sweet Baker

Since the snow has started to fall in my area I’ve been drawn to comfort foods such as soups, chilis, casseroles, and warm desserts.  On the weekends my husband has been busy filling our freezer with dishes that are easy to pull out and warm up quickly after coming in from the cold or a busy day at work.  This Southwest Mac and Cheese, on the other hand, is one dish that’s really quick to whip up so I know we’ll be making it a lot more this winter!

Southwest Mac and Cheese | A Sweet Baker


Southwest Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

A cheesy, quick pasta dish full of Southwestern flavor and taste. This dish will be a sure hit with your kids!


  • 3 cups large shell pasta
  • 1 cup Old El Paso salsa, mild
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 water (or more milk, if desired)
  • 1 Tbsp. Old El Paso Mild Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup Green Giant Peaches & Cream corn
  • 1/4 cup red pepper
  • 1/4 cup orange pepper (or green for some color)
  • 1/2 cup processed cheese spread


In a large saucepan, add all ingredients EXCEPT processed cheese spread and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently until pasta is almost fully cooked (you don't want your pasta to get mushy).
Once pasta is ready, remove from heat and stir in processed cheese spread until melted.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin

Recipe adapted from Life Made Delicious


If you need more comfort food ideas, I’ve got you covered!

Great Northern Bean and Veggie Sausage Cassoulet

Great Northern Bean and Veggie Sausage Cassoulet

Big Batch Chili-In-The-Oven

Big Batch Chili-In-The-Oven

Two-Potato Ham Chowder

 Two-Potato Ham Chowder

Spicy Thai Pork Stew

 Spicy Thai Pork Stew

“Disclosure: I am a part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Homemade Hot Cross Buns | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Hot Cross Buns + Two Giveaways! #GayLeaFoods

Guess what?  I have TWO giveaways for you today! The Easter Bunny is coming this weekend and we’ll be waking up to these Homemade Hot Cross Buns, with Gay Lea butter of course, for breakfast.  Most of my family are not fans of the dried fruit peel that’s normally in Hot Cross Buns so the […]

Homemade Coconut Larabars | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Coconut Larabars

Lately I’ve been trying to eat healthy and I’m trying to avoid any processed food. It’s actually not that hard but when it comes to having a little sweet treat there’s always added sugar and things I can’t pronounce. When I first tasted Larabars I loved them but at $1.69 each I knew I had […]

Cheesy Quinoa and Spinach Bake | A Sweet Baker

Cheesy Quinoa and Spinach Bake

A few years ago my husband made a tri-color quinoa dish that was so tasty.  One layer was red (from sundried tomatoes), another layer was green (from pesto), and the final layer was light brown (from plain quinoa).  It was a time consuming dish to layer all the ingredients but the final dish was so […]

Pineapple Cupcakes with Strawberry Mousse Frosting | A Sweet Baker

Pineapple Cupcakes with Strawberry Mousse Frosting

Sunday was my Dad’s birthday and to celebrate I made these Pineapple Cupcakes with Strawberry Mousse Frosting.  They were so moist and flavorful and the mousse frosting was the perfect addition. My family and I are not big frosting/icing fans so using this mousse as the frosting was the perfect solution.  I don’t know why […]

Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Strawberry Nutri Grain Bars

It’s that time of year again when I’m starting to run out of homemade snack ideas.  Even though I just had a break from baking treats/snacks, I feel like a need some new ideas and inspiration. I want my kids to have a little treat in their lunch everyday but I also want it to […]

Doodle Your Pillsbury Toaster Strudel | A Sweet Baker

Doodle your Pillsbury Toaster Strudel and Win! #Strudelgram

Just hearing the word ‘morning’ makes me cringe. I am not a morning person and I hate getting up to an alarm.  Making everyone breakfast during the week is the last thing on my mind when I wake up.  I just want to be left alone to get ready for work and get the kids […]


  1. I bet you were popular with the kids! My Mom used to make a dish with left-over pasta, tomatoes and Cheese Whiz when I was growing up. Reminds me of that, only with a spicy kick.

  2. I love mac and cheeseeeeeee :D And this southwest version looks ahmazing, Liz! You should def. post more savory dishes, though I love sweets no matter what. ;)

Leave a Reply