Southwestern Macaroni-and-Cheese

Does macaroni-and-cheese with tomatoes and black beans in it make it healthier? I’m not sure. Probably not. I am sure that this Southwestern macaroni-and-cheese was fantastic. You take your pretty favorite standard recipe and add a few things. That’s it. It’s something totally different than the usual. Still creamy and still cheesy, just different.
Southwestern Macaroni-and-CheeseI use Cholula hot sauce in recipes like this southwestern macaroni-and-cheese because I find it to be a great, fairly mellow, hot sauce. It’s not in-your-face hot and it has a great peppery flavor. It’s perfect on just about anything.

Also try my Civil War mac-and-cheese.

Southwestern Macaroni-and-Cheese

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Mike


  • 6-8 servings macaroni-and-cheese I doubled our great 20-minute mac-and-cheese recipe, prepared
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 large tomato seeded, chopped
  • Cajun seasoning or hot sauce to taste (optional)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro chopped, for garnish


  • Prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed. Keep warm.
  • Stir in the beans and tomato along with the Cajun seasoning or hot sauce, if using.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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