Green Chile Mac and Cheese

Somedays I need a little comfort and spice all in the same meal. Green Chile Mac and Cheese is always the answer. Spicy Mac and Cheese with hatch chiles nestled throughout, then sprinkled with cool southwest toppings, is a calm-you-down and pick-me-up all rolled into one!

Green Chile Mac and Cheese #spicy #greenchile #hatch #macandcheese

The other day I woke up with the craziest dream. I was at the park with my dog Kona, who is way too lazy to fetch. I kept throwing the ball for him and he would just slide down on his back legs, rather slowly I might add, and then look at me with a disgusted expression.

Then all at once he jumped up and ran toward the ball. When he came back his face had changed into the face of one of my close friends. That’s when I woke up, shaking my head. Typical of my dreams, it was very life-like, but made no sense.

For years I’ve had really vivid (and random) dreams. I’ve always wondered why…

Once I dreamed I gave birth to a raccoon. That was a proud moment.

Another time I dreamed my entire backyard was a 300 foot water slide that ended in the back of my house. You could slide right into the living room.

As a child I used to have a reoccurring dream that my pet gerbils turned into Mickey and Minnie Mouse while I was sleeping.

Then there was the time I dreamt Lt. Dan had three heads.

See? They’re all weird. Sometimes fun, but weird.

Making - Green Chile Mac and Cheese #spicy #greenchile #hatch #macandcheese

My mom used to tell me (when I woke up from a terrifying nightmare in a cold sweat) that it was because I had such an active imagination. She said that creative people always had colorful dreams.

But over the years, I’ve noticed more and more of my friends don’t ever remember their dreams… even the creative types.

So why do I remember mine? And why are they so bizarre?

I’ve done a little research on this, but the evidence is inconclusive.

Could be…

  • Indigestion
  • A need to make a decision about something
  • A suppressed fear
  • A novel trying to make its debut
  • Symbolism for something going on in daily life

Who knows.

Easy Green Chile Mac and Cheese #spicy #greenchile #hatch #macandcheese

What I can tell you is that sometimes a really good recipe idea comes out of a dream.

Green chile mac and cheese was birthed out of a dream where I was building a castle out of spicy mac and cheese. In the dream I kept licking my fingers and burning my tongue. It was actually a fairly unpleasant dream, yet when I woke up, all I could think about was spicy mac and cheese.

I happened to have a stash of hatch chiles in my freezer at the time, so this green chile mac and cheese recipe came into existence. New Mexican Hatch Chiles offer such intense flavor and heat, they make a perfect pairing with sharp cheddar cheese.

The cool toppings are, of course, to insure you have something to offset the spice… so you don’t burn your tongue. Yet if you select your hatch chiles carefully (or buy them pre-marked like mine) you can get chiles that are mild or medium heat to suit your tastebuds.

Southwest Green Chile Mac and Cheese #spicy #greenchile #hatch #macandcheese

I love this dream-induce mac and cheese, and even though I don’t always know what my dreams mean, I’ll be sure to keep watching for more inspired recipe ideas!

What About You?

Do you remember your dreams?

Do you think dreams have meanings?

Any weird ones you want to share so I don’t feel alone in this??

Spicy Green Chile Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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  • 1 lb. Delallo Macaroni
  • 3 Tb. butter
  • 1 cup hatch green chiles, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tb. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 lb. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (off the block, not pre-shredded)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chopped avocados
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat. Once boiling cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the butter, chiles, and onions and saute over medium-high heat until the onions are softened. Whisk in the flour, followed by the milk. Once the mixture starts to simmer cut the cream cheese into cubes and stir in. Stir continuously, adding the shredded cheddar to the pot. Once the cheese sauce is smooth, add in the macaroni and turn the heat off. Stir to coat and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. To Serve: Scoop the spicy mac and cheese into bowls and top with chopped tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
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28 comments on “Green Chile Mac and Cheese

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  2. Shainaposted March 28, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply

    Love, love, love Hatch chiles. This is incredible.

    Rating: 5
  3. Candace @ Cabotposted March 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm Reply

    You appear to have cracked the Mac & Cheese code with this recipe. It is totally swoonworthy!

    Rating: 5
  4. Amandaposted March 27, 2014 at 9:09 am Reply

    Perfect mac n cheese combo, love it! :)

    Rating: 5
  5. Naomieposted March 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm Reply

    I love all your recipes and this is definitely a new one to try!!
    At least your dreams aren’t horrifying!I I once dreamed that a giant crowd of AK-47 wielding friends and relatives came to my house and took my brother and chopped off all his limbs and burned him alive….no joke. But that’s the worst of all my gruesome dreams, and i won’t scar you with all of them! ;)
    Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  6. Pamela Bkaerposted March 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I still have dreams about forgetting my locker combination in high school….I graduated in 1968. Also a recurring dream about flying (without a plane), and one about my teeth crumbling. But I never dreamed about giving birth to an animal….that was a hoot….thanks for sharing.

  7. Gabyposted March 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Going to need a big bowl of this soon, really soon!

  8. marlaposted March 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Looks so great I pinned a few times!!

  9. RavieNomNomsposted March 26, 2014 at 9:12 am Reply

    Oh wow, I bet that is AH-mazing! Can’t go wrong with Mac and Cheese!

  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 26, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

    This is the ultimate comfort dish in a bowl! It’s so creamy and delicious looking. I must try this!

  11. alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted March 26, 2014 at 10:09 am Reply

    great twist on an old favorite

    Rating: 5
  12. Kristenposted March 26, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! What other pepper could be subsitituted for green hatch chiles? I can’t find them in my area..

    • Sommerposted March 26, 2014 at 8:01 am Reply

      Hi Kristen, how about trying Anaheim (California) Chiles or Mexican Chiles. Technically they are all in the same family, but the climate and soil in each area effect the flavor a bit.

      • Preston Mitchellposted March 26, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Or you could order them from us directly :) We actually sent Sommer the chile she used in this recipe! Anaheim chile is also not the same kind of chile as what we grow here but is a relative :)

  13. Christine from Cook the Storyposted March 26, 2014 at 7:53 am Reply

    The idea to add green chiles to this dish is fantastic!

  14. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 26, 2014 at 7:52 am Reply

    I totally believe dreams have meaning. Some are clearer than others! And this mac and cheese? Forget about it!

  15. Jeanneposted March 26, 2014 at 7:51 am Reply

    thank you for dreaming a little dream ! can’t wait to try this

  16. [email protected] Homemadeposted March 26, 2014 at 7:51 am Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned :)

  17. Mariaposted March 26, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply

    Great mac and cheese recipe!

  18. Heather Christoposted March 26, 2014 at 7:23 am Reply

    I do remember a lot of my dreams, but they aren’t quite so bizarre! well come to think of it, maybe they are… I guess I just assumed everyone did! This chili mac n cheese looks awesome!

  19. Jenny Flakeposted March 26, 2014 at 7:18 am Reply

    Love mac and cheese!! What a great recipe!!

  20. Tieghanposted March 26, 2014 at 7:12 am Reply

    This is my kind of mac and cheese. I love the little kick and anything topped with avocado is a winner in my book! :)

  21. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted March 26, 2014 at 6:31 am Reply

    I have weird dreams too, sometimes…that is, the ones I can remember. But I’ll be dreaming about this mac and cheese today. I love a spicy mac and cheese. Actually, I just love mac and cheese, period. But for my jeans I don’t eat it often.

  22. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 26, 2014 at 6:25 am Reply

    Love the use of green chilies and avocado in this mac and cheese!

  23. Brianne Collierposted March 26, 2014 at 6:17 am Reply

    Cheat meal!!!!!!!!!! I had a dream about doughnuts, last night, and that I would marry the boy who brought me the best doughnut. Luckily, Tom showed up with a sticky bun- no nuts and he won my affection with that doughnut.

  24. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted March 26, 2014 at 5:24 am Reply

    Love those crazy dreams and your green chile mac looks incredibly creamy!

  25. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted March 26, 2014 at 4:54 am Reply

    “That was a proud moment.” That made me laugh!
    I used to have a recurring nightmare that a giant, green bunny with sharp teeth just chased me around in circles. It also had grapes (yes, like the fruit) sitting on it’s shoulders. SO WEIRD
    But, I am so glad that this came out of one of your crazy dreams – the perfect comfort food! Pinned

    • Sommerposted March 26, 2014 at 8:02 am Reply

      LOL! Love it, thanks for making me feel normal. ;)