Southwestern Mac & Cheese Muffins

These southwestern mac & cheese muffins will be loved by both your buddies & your toddler. These “muffins” are made from macaroni and cheese and are spiced up with a southwestern flair.

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You all know I love macaroni and cheese. Mac & cheese and popcorn…my two food loves.

I’m a classy girl in that respect, huh.

I don’t care, I’ll say it loud and proud. I LOVE MAC & CHEESE. Any mac & cheese. Cold mac & cheese. Fancied up mac and cheese. Mac & cheese out of a box. I’ll take it all. These fun little mac & cheese “muffins” can be eaten with your hands and taste like a combination of mac & cheese and tacos. It’s really quite amazing. Dangerously so.

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These little bites of heaven are also perfect for feeding your picky toddler (actually, my toddler isn’t picky–knock on wood). I use Annie’s Mac & Cheese because I know I can be confident in the all-natural ingredients in the box. Served with a side of fruits and veggies of course! Toddlers will love these because they can eat them with their hands. Moms letting me eat macaroni and cheese with my fingers? Oh yes she is! If you are worried about the spice, you could leave it out or reduce it, but they aren’t super spicy. They’ll be much less southwestern if you leave the taco seasoning out completely, so I recommend putting at least a little bit in.

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PS: Make sure to season these cuties with homemade taco seasoning!

PPS: If you love these, you’ll really love the pizza version!

Southwestern Mac & Cheese Cups

Fun mac & cheese cups that your buddies & your toddler will love. These muffins are made from macaroni and cheese and are spiced up with a southwestern flair.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin tins with non-stick spray.
  2. Prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on box, except stir in taco seasoning in addition to the cheese powder. Once prepared, remove from burner and stir in grated cheddar cheese.
  3. Meanwhile, combine crushed Cheddar Bunnies and melted butter in a small bowl.
  4. Spoon macaroni and cheese mixture evenly into prepared muffin tins. Top with Cheddar Bunny/Butter mixture.
  5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 17-20 minutes or until brown around the edges. Let cool at least 5 minutes before removing from muffin tins.
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Verdict: Amazing. If I said things like “amazeballs,” that would be completely appropriate here.
Husband’s take: He was obsessed with these southwestern mac and cheese muffins.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

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29 comments

  1. My kids would totally dig these mini mac ‘n cheese muffins. Fun idea!

  2. I love Annie’s (so much better than any other brand)! These look awesome and I would totally take a few to work for lunch :)

  3. These are absolutely adorable! And I love Annie’s!

  4. Oh my heavens! These cheesy cups of goodness look so incredible, Rachel!

  5. My son would love these!! so cute rachel!!

  6. I love Annie’s mac and cheese (it helped me get through college, ha)! What a fun way to mix it up!

  7. This is awesome, Rach! I love baked mac and cheese because of the crusty top and edges. The topping is genius too!

  8. I love mac and cheese muffins and the more spice, the better! Love these, Rachel!

  9. These mac and cheese muffins are soooo fun! Way to jazz up the classic!

  10. I’m a total mac and cheese addict. Ever since having my kids, I swear I cannot go a week without it. Going to have to give these a try because you know I have like 10 boxes of Annie’s in the pantry. :)

  11. How creative are you?! I think my kids would go crazy for these things!

    • Thanks Bree! To be honest, my kid loves mac & cheese but she didn’t like these (although if I had given them to her two days in a row, she probably would have eaten them the second day). She’s a total weirdo. Today she chowed down jicama with hummus. I’m not complaining!

  12. i love mac and cheese for that extra crust on the top – love it!!!

  13. This looks so fantastic, wonderful comfort food!

  14. Rachel these look so easy and fun! And I’m all over that crusty top!

  15. Love the idea of using taco mix along with mac n cheese. Must try soon!

  16. … and now I’m craving box mac and cheese with hot dogs. College style!

  17. I love that they are hand sized! Way to go and make a messy dish less messy! LOVE it!

  18. Are you using regular sized muffin tins or the mini muffin tins??

  19. These mac and cheese cups look insanely good!

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  21. Hi Rachel : ) I’m curious… just to pump up the nutrition a little, do you think quinoa could be added to this (like when making the mac n cheese)? I make a quinoa pizza bites recipe and my daughter loves them, so I really would love to make this with a little quinoa, too. Looks delish!!

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