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Southwest Tasti Taters® Mac & Cheese

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Tabasco sauce and Dijon mustard give this creamy, cheesy McCain® Tasti Taters® casserole a little kick.

Chef's Name:  Emma Blair


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Servings: 4 Portions
Tasti Taters<sup>®</sup> Cheesy Cheddar

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Tasti Taters® Cheesy Cheddar buy now


Cheese Sauce Ingredients

2 Cups Grated Old Cheddar

1 Cup Milk

1 Tbsp. Cream Cheese

2 Tbsp. Butter

2 Tbsp. Flour

1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp. Tabasco Hot Sauce

2 Cloves Garlic (minced)

1 ½ Tbsp. Cumin

Macaroni Ingredients

1 Cup Elbow Macaroni

1 Package (800g) McCain® Tasti Taters® Cheesy Cheddar


  1. Cook McCain® Tasti Taters® Cheesy Cheddar according to instructions. Once cooked remove from oven and set aside for later.
  2. Begin cheese sauce by making a roux- melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a medium size pot over medium/high heat.
  3. When butter is completely melted, add 2 tbsp. of flour and stir until incorporated. Cook this mixture for 2 minutes.
  4. To your flour and butter mixture, incorporate 1 tsp. of Dijon mustard and 1 cup of milk. Stir constantly and bring to a boil.
  5. When sauce comes to a boil, add 1 tbsp. of cream cheese and 1.5 cups of grated cheddar (reserving ½ cup for later). Reduce to a simmer once cheeses are completely incorporated.
  6. While simmering, stir in 2 tbsp. of Tabasco hot sauce and 1 ½ tbsp. of cumin to sauce.
  7. Season to preference with salt and pepper to finish sauce.
  8. Keep cheese sauce on low heat, and cook 1 cup of Elbow macaroni according to package instructions.
  9. When macaroni is cooked, strain with a colander and place into a medium sized (2Quart/ 2L) casserole dish. Pour cheese sauce mixture over top of macaroni, mix to distribute evenly.
  10. Distribute McCain® Tasti Taters® Cheesy Cheddar evenly across the surface of your Mac and Cheese. Sprinkle extra grated cheese on top, if desired.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 F/ 180 C or until warm all the way through.

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