Cheesy Chili Mac. A homemade version of a childhood favorite with homemade mac n’cheese and a quick turkey chili.
No, I didn’t break out the box dinner today. Instead, I made a homemade version of my favorite box dinner as kid, Cheesy Chili Mac. My mom didn’t make a lot of box dinners but every once in awhile when she was particularly busy, out came the box. You’ve probably had it before, cheesy noodles tossed with a seasoned beef mixture. My sister and I loved it and eagerly watched as my mom scooped the cheesy mixture in to our bowls. This Cheesy Chili Mac is pretty much the same except I use homemade macaroni and cheese and a quick homemade turkey chili.
This is not meant to talk down box dinners, they are fine in a pinch. However, I rarely buy them for the simple fact that I like to make my own versions from scratch. I like the fact that when I make them at home I can add whatever flavors I want. I can control what is or what is not in my dinner. For instance, since I like things spicy, I’ve added jalapenos to this recipe as well as pepper jack cheese. If you’re not a fan of all things spicy, leave out the jalapenos. And then substitute monterey jack for the pepper jack. It will still be just as scrumptious, trust me.
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