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Hatch Chili Chicken Mac n Cheese

It’s Hatch chili season and hubs and I went to a cooking class at a local supermarket.  I used to volunteer at the cooking school so I know several of the chefs.  This class was amazing and totally inspired me to use hatch chilies in everything.  So I came up with Hatch Chili Chicken Mac n Cheese!

*Hatch chilies are actually anaheim chilies that are grown in Hatch, NM.  Just a factoid I learned in class and thought I would share.

3 Grilled Chicken Breast

1 lb cooked pasta

3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or blend)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4-8 Hatch Chilies, roasted and chopped (adjust to your palette)

1 onion, small

3 cloves garlic

1 cup bread crumbs

1-2 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 stick butter

salt and pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grill chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) and set aside.  Boil pasta according to package.  Saute onion in butter until translucent add garlic and chilies.  Bring chicken stock to a low boil.  Add flour and cook 1-2 minutes.  Toss in cheese and melt.  Add small amount of stock and half and half to loosen the cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Dice chicken, and toss with pasta and cheese.  Place in a baking dish and cover with bread crumbs.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly.

Pair your Hatch Mac n Cheese with a fruit salad and enjoy.

What would you put hatch chilies in?

Recipe–Tortilla Bake

I just made this up the other night and it turned out pretty good so I thought I would share.

1 pound ground beef

1/2 pack of taco seasoning

1 can diced tomatoes (low sodium), drained

1/2 onion, chopped

6-8 mushrooms, sliced

5 cloves garlic, diced

4 flour tortillas

2 cups cheese (cheddar or a mix), shredded

1 avocado

1/2 cup sour cream

Olive Oil (just enough to saute onions and mushrooms)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the avocado and sour cream together.  Set aside.  Saute the meat, garlic and taco seasoning together in one pan and the onions and mushrooms in another with some olive oil.  After meat mixed with sautéed onions and mushrooms and add drained can of tomatoes.  Heat tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side.

Line 8 x 11 pan with aluminum foil for easier clean up and spray with pam.  Layer tortillas, avocado mash meat and 1/4 of cheese twice finishing with cheese on top.  Bake 10-12 minutes until bubbly and serve.

NOTE:  I actually didn’t use taco seasoning because I didn’t have any on hand.  I used cumin, chili powder and some Tony’s but I think taco seasoning would be good too.  Leave a comment and let me know how the taco seasoning tastes in the dish.

RAD Mama